PETITION TO AMEND THE ENERGY COMMISSION DECISION FOR THE HIGH DESERT POWER PROJECT (97-AFC-1C)


NOTICE OF RECEIPT

PETITION TO AMEND
THE ENERGY COMMISSION DECISION FOR THE
HIGH DESERT POWER PROJECT (97-AFC-1C)

The California Energy Commission received a petition dated August 26, 2004, from High Desert Power Project, LLC (HDPP) to modify the air quality conditions of certification regarding the duration of startups and other minor modifications for the High Desert Power Project. The 830 megawatt natural gas-fired combined cycle project was certified on May 3, 2000, and began commercial operation on April 22, 2003. The facility is located in the City of Victorville, San Bernardino County, California.

DESCRIPTION OF PROPOSED CHANGES

The proposed changes pertain to the air emission requirements during startup and shutdown of the combustion turbines. In addition, HDPP's petition proposes to simplify emission tracking by replacing startup and shutdown emission limits for each of the individual three combustion turbine generators with combined limits for all CTGs. There would be no change in the combined total emission limits. The petition also proposes to base sulfur dioxide (SO2) emission rates on a higher heating value. This would not change the actual emission rates. HDPP also proposes a number of changes described as minor administrative changes. HDPP states that its proposed modifications do not result in an increase in any current emission limits.

ENERGY COMMISSION REVIEW PROCEDURES

The purpose of the Energy Commission's review process is to assess the impacts of this proposal on environmental quality, public health and safety. The review process includes an evaluation of the consistency of the proposed changes with the Energy Commission's Decision and if the project, as changed, will remain in compliance with applicable laws, ordinances, regulations, and standards (Title 20, Calif. Code of Regulations, section 1769). Energy Commission staff is currently analyzing the request and will publish an analysis in the next several weeks. A public hearing for the purpose of approving or denying the amendment proposal will subsequently be held at a regularly scheduled Energy Commission business meeting.

This Notice of Receipt is being mailed to interested parties and property owners adjacent to the project site who may want to participate in the amendment process.

The petition to amend is available on the Energy Commission's website at http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/highdesert/compliance/index.html. The staff analysis (when published), and the order (if approved) will also be posted on the webpage. If you would like to receive a hard copy of the petition to amend the project, staff's analysis, and/or the Energy Commission's order if the changes are approved, please complete the enclosed Information Request Form and return it to the address shown.

If you have comments or questions, please contact Steve Munro, Compliance Project Manager, at (916) 654-3936. or by fax to (916) 654-3882, or via e-mail to: smunro@energy.state.ca.us within 14 days of the date of this notice.

For further information on how to participate in this proceeding, please contact Ms. Margret J. Kim, the Energy Commission's Public Adviser, at (916) 654-4489, or toll free in California at (800) 822-6228, or by e-mail to pao@energy.state.ca.us. If you require special accommodations, contact Lourdes Quiroz at (916) 654-5146. News media inquiries should be directed to Assistant Director, Claudia Chandler, at (916) 654-4989, or by e-mail to mediaoffice@energy.state.ca.us.



Date: September 3, 2004

________/original signed/________
TERRENCE O'BRIEN, Deputy Director
Systems Assessment & Facilities Siting

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