Metcalf Power Plant Project
99-AFC-03 (Application For Certification)
99-AFC-3C (Compliance Proceeding)
Project Status: Licensed; In Compliance Phase. Operational: May 27, 2005
The California Energy Commission approved this project's Application for Certification on September 24, 2001. The Commission monitors the power plant's construction, operation and eventual decommissioning through a compliance proceeding.
Committee that oversaw Original Licensing Proceeding:
Robert A. Laurie, Commissioner, Presiding Member
William J. Keese, , Chairman, Associate Member
Hearing Officer: Stanley W. Valkosky
- April 30, 1999 - Application for Certification (AFC) filed with Energy Commission.
- August 24, 2001 - Revised Presiding Member's Proposed Decision released.
- January to May 2001 - Evidentiary Hearings.
- June 18, 2001 - Presiding Member's Proposed Decision released.
- June 23, 1999 - Commission determines application is Data Adequate.
- October 10, 2000 - Final Staff Assessment released.
- September 24, 2001 - Project approved by Commission.
- May 27, 2005 - Power plant on line and producing power.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT
The Metcalf Energy Center is a proposed a 600 megawatt (nominal) power plant located in southern San Jose, Calif., approximately one-half mile west of the Pacific Gas and Electric Company Metcalf substation. The plant will be constructed by Bechtel Enterprises Inc. and operated by Calpine Corporation. For more information, refer to the fact sheet for this project.
Energy Commission Facility Certification Process
The California Energy Commission is the lead agency (for licensing thermal power plants 50 megawatts and larger) under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and has a certified regulatory program under CEQA. Under its certified program, the Energy Commission is exempt from having to prepare an environmental impact report. Its certified program, however, does require environmental analysis of the project, including an analysis of alternatives and mitigation measures to minimize any significant adverse effect the project may have on the environment.
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