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Notice Of Receipt
Petition To Amend
The Energy Commission Decision For The
Inland Empire Energy Center Project (01-AFC-17C)

On October 6, 2006, Inland Empire Energy Center, LLC, filed a petition with the California Energy Commission requesting to modify the Inland Empire Energy Center (IEEC) Project. The 670-megawatt project was certified by the Energy Commission on December 17, 2003. On June 22, 2005, the Commission approved an amendment to modify the Project to 810 megawatts by changing the two turbines from GE Frame 7 to GE 107H combined-cycle systems (H System). Construction of the project began on August 26, 2005 and is currently approximately 32 percent complete. The facility is located near the community of Romoland, in Riverside County.

DESCRIPTION OF PROPOSED MODIFICATIONS

In June 2005, when the H System amendment was approved, the Commission imposed a number of air quality conditions of certification based on the South Coast Air Quality Management District's (District's) Preliminary Determination of Compliance that was in effect at the time. Since the District published its final RECLAIM/Title V Permit in August 2005, the project owner continued to review available source test data and concluded that a lower PM10 rate was technically supportable and that various minor and administrative changes were necessary.

The purpose of the proposed amendment is to make the Commission's Decision consistent with the District's permit. Specifically, Inland Empire Energy Center, LLC requests to amend air quality conditions of certification as follows:

  • Reduce the emission limits for PM10 and corresponding emission reduction credit requirements obtained from the District's Priority Reserve,

  • Increase NOx emission limits during commissioning,

  • Increase the NOx and CO emission limits for startup/shutdown activities,

  • Allow elevated combustor-tuning emissions similar to startup/shutdown activities,

  • Increase the minimum RECLAIM trading credit holding requirements for NOx during the first compliance year of operation,

  • Remove the requirement to conduct source tests for PM10 emissions from the turbines at low loads,

  • Remove the requirement to conduct source tests for PM10, VOC, and SOx emissions from the auxiliary boiler,

  • Remove the requirement to conduct source tests at low boiler loads,
  • Track ammonia emissions with calculations instead of using a Continuous Emission Monitoring Device,

  • Change the date by which an agreement between the project owner and Federal Land Managers must be reached regarding participation in a visibility monitoring project, and

  • Correct other typographical errors and minor internal inconsistencies between the Commission's Decision and the current District Permit for the IEEC Project.

Inland Empire Energy Center, LLC affirms that there will be no significant adverse environmental impacts associated with the proposed changes.

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).

This Notice of Receipt is being mailed to all parties on the original Application for Certification mailing list, plus an updated list of property owners adjacent to the project site who may want to participate in the amendment process.

The petition is available on the Energy Commission's website at http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/inlandempire/index.html. The staff analysis will also be posted on the website.

If you would like to receive a hard copy of the petition or staff's analysis, please complete the enclosed Information Request Form and return it to the address shown.

If you have any comments or questions, please contact Connie Bruins, Compliance Project Manager, at (916) 654-4545, or by fax to (916) 654-3882, or via e-mail at: cbruins@energy.state.ca.us.

For further information on how to participate in this proceeding, please contact 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 at pao@energy.state.ca.us. If you require special accommodations, please 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 at mediaoffice@energy.state.ca.us.

Date: November 15, 2006   __________________________________
ROGER E. JOHNSON, Manager
Siting and Compliance Office
Systems Assessment & Facilities Siting Division

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