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STATE OF CALIFORNIA

Energy Resources
Conservation and Development Commission


NOTICE OF INSIGNIFICANT PROJECT CHANGE
MODESTO IRRIGATION DISTRICT WOODLAND II PROJECT
(01-SPPE-1)
STANISLAUS COUNTY, CALIFORNIA


The Energy Commission licensed the 80 MW Modesto Irrigation District Woodland II (MID) on September 19, 2001. The natural gas, combined cycle power plant is located in northern Modesto adjacent to the MID Woodland 1 facility.

On December 7, 2001, MID petitioned the Energy Commission staff for approval to modify the project by rerouting a subtransmission line and removing PG&E gas line reinforcements. The proposed change will reduce the amount of construction required.

DESCRIPTION OF REQUESTED CHANGE

MID is requesting approval of the following modification to the project description:

  1. Rerouting a 69-kV Subtransmission Line: The modification is associated with subtransmission line rerouting occurring as a result of detailed engineering which did not begin until after the project was approved. This modification will lessen the congestion of the subtransmission lines exiting the project switchyard and heading east to the intersection of Woodland Avenue and North 9th Street. There are currently four lines that travel in this direction. The proposed modification reduces it to three.

  2. Removal of PG&E Gas Lines: The project was licensed for two gas pipeline reinforcements to provide MID with the gas pressure it requires. After discussion with PG&E, it was determined MID benefits from another gas pipeline project PG&E is planning. PG&E intends to replace 7.5 miles of Line 108 with larger diameter pipe, as part of PG&Es Gas Transmission Risk Management Program. The replacement of 7.5 miles of Line 108 would provide the MID project with the same benefit as the two, 3-mile pipeline reinforcements currently included in the MID project. Thus, MID, is proposing to eliminate the two, 3-mile reinforcements from the project.

CONCLUSION

Pursuant to Title 20, California Code of Regulations section 1769 (a) (2), Energy Commission approval for the change or modification is not required if Energy Commission staff determines that (1) there is no possibility that the modification may have a significant effect on the environment, (2) the modification will not result in a change or deletion of a condition adopted by the Energy Commission in the final decision or (3) changes resulting in non-compliance with any applicable laws, ordinances, regulations, or standards.

Energy Commission staff has determined that the proposed changes meet the above criteria. 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 no objection is filed, no further Energy Commission action will be taken other than placing a description of the change in the project file.

If you wish to file an objection to the staff determination, please contact Ila Lewis, Compliance Project Manager, within 14 days of the date of this notice at the address above, or call (916) 654-4678, FAX (916) 654-4421, toll free at (800) 858-0784, or e-mail at [ilewis@energy.state.ca.us].

Date online: February 6, 2002

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ROBERT L. THERKELSEN, Deputy Director
Systems Assessment & Facilities Siting




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