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NOTICE OF INSIGNIFICANT PROJECT CHANGE
TO ADD INLET CHILLERS for the
PALOMAR ENERGY CENTER PROJECT
(01-AFC-24C)


On January 19, 2007, the California Energy Commission received a petition from San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) to modify the Palomar Energy Center Project. The 546-megawatt project was certified on August 6, 2003 and began commercial operation on April 1, 2006. The facility is located in the City of Escondido, in San Diego County.

DESCRIPTION OF PROPOSED MODIFICATIONS

SDG&E is seeking approval to allow the installation and operation of a centralized chiller to cool inlet air to the two combustion turbines at the Palomar Energy Center Project. The facility currently uses an evaporative cooling system to reduce the temperature of inlet air. The modification will provide approximately 40 MW of additional capacity to serve summer peak load needs. This project change will not significantly change air emissions, and no increase in concentration, hourly, or annual emission limits is requested. Installation of the equipment was approved by the San Diego Air Pollution Control District in November 2006.

ENERGY COMMISSION STAFF REVIEW AND DETERMINATION

Pursuant to section 1769(a)(2), Title 20, California Code of Regulations, Energy Commission approval of the project modification is not required if Energy Commission staff determines that:

  • There is no possibility that the modification may have a significant effect on the environment, and

  • The modification will not result in a change to 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 (LORS).

Energy Commission staff have determined that the proposed modification meets these criteria because:

  • The modification will not have any significant effect on the environment

  • Existing conditions of certification are sufficient to cover the proposed modification without changes to, or deletions of, any conditions of certification; and

  • The project as modified will maintain full compliance with applicable LORS.

Any person may file a written objection to staff's determination within 14 days of service of this notice on the grounds that the project modification does not meet the criteria set forth in Section 1769(a)(2). All objections must be in writing and must be sent either by U.S. mail, e-mail, or other document delivery service to Connie Bruins, Compliance Project Manager, at the address shown below:

California Energy Commission
1516 9th Street, MS 2000
Sacramento, CA 95814

Comments may also be submitted by fax to (916) 654-3882, or by e-mail at cbruins@energy.state.ca.us. If no objection is received in writing by 5:00 p.m. February 8, 2007, the requested project change will be deemed approved, and a description of the change will be placed in the project file.

If you have questions about this notice, please contact Connie Bruins at (916) 654-4545, or by fax or e-mail using the above information.


Date: January 26, 2007


__________/Signed/___________
ROGER E. JOHNSON, Manager
Siting and Compliance Office
Energy Facilities Siting Division

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