NOTICE OF INSIGNIFICANT PROJECT CHANGE
RECYCLED WATER LINE
METCALF ENERGY CENTER PROJECT
The Metcalf Energy Center project (MEC) is a nominal 600-megawatt combined cycle power plant located in the southernmost part of the City of San Jose, Santa Clara County. The project was certified by the California Energy Commission on September 24, 2001
Metcalf Energy Center, LLC, project owner, a subsidiary of Calpine Corporation, submitted a petition to Energy Commission staff on January 25, 2002, seeking approval to modify the project description as follows:
- DESCRIPTION OF REQUESTED CHANGE: To have the ability to replace the originally-certified 10.2-mile recycled water line dedicated to plant operations with a lateral connection line approximately 1000 feet in length. The reason for this change is that the need for the original 10.2-mile water line will be eliminated by construction of a newly-permitted City of San Jose recycled water line running along Monterey Road and intended for multiple industrial users. The lateral interconnection line would begin near the intersection of Blanchard and Monterey Roads and terminate at the project site. MEC, LLC retains the right to build either the originally-certified line or the new interconnection line, but not both.
Pursuant to section 1769(a)(2), Title 20, California Code of Regulations, Energy Commission approval for the change is not required if Energy Commission staff determines: (1) That there is no possibility that the modification may have a significant effect on the environment, and (2) The modification will not result in a change or deletion of a condition of certification, or make changes that would cause the project not to comply with applicable laws, ordinances, regulations, or standards. Energy Commission staff have determined that the proposed reduction of pipeline length meets these criteria because:
- Existing conditions of certification are sufficient to cover the proposed change without changes to or deletion of a condition of certification;
- Reducing the length of the pipeline will not have any significant effect on the environment because it will reduce construction disturbance; and
- A reduced pipeline length will remain in compliance with applicable laws, ordinances, regulations or standards
Any person may file an objection to staff’s determination within 14 days of service of this notice on grounds that the change does not meet the criteria set forth in Section 1769(a)(2). If you have questions or wish to file an objection, please contact Steve Munro, Compliance Project Manager, at the address above, or call (916) 654-3936, Fax (916) 654-3882, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. If no substantive objection is filed within 14 days of service of this notice, the requested change will be deemed approved and a description of the change will be placed in the project file.
Date:                  Signed                         TERRY O'BRIEN, Deputy Director Systems Assessment & Facilities Siting Division
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