December 3, 1999
TO: AGENCY DISTRIBUTION LIST
REQUEST FOR AGENCY PARTICIPATION IN THE REVIEW OF THE PASTORIA ENERGY FACILITY APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATION (99-AFC-7)
On November 30, 1999, Enron North America Corporation filed an Application for Certification (AFC) seeking approval from the California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) to construct and operate the proposed 750-megawatt (MW) Pastoria Energy Facility (PEF). The electric generation facility will operate in combined cycle mode burning natural gas. The project will also include the construction and operation of ancillary facilities including water supply lines, a natural gas pipeline, an electric transmission line to connect with the grid, and wastewater disposal facilities. The project is proposed to be located on 30 acres at the Tejon Ranch. The ranch is located about 30 miles south of Bakersfield and about 6.5 miles east of Interstate 5 near the base of the Tehachapi Mountains.
ENERGY COMMISSION'S FACILITY CERTIFICATION PROCESS
The Energy Commission is responsible for reviewing and ultimately approving or denying all thermal electric power plants, 50 megawatts (MW) and greater, proposed for construction in California. The Energy Commission's facility certification process carefully examines public health and safety, environmental impacts and engineering aspects of proposed power plants and all related facilities such as electric transmission lines, natural gas pipelines and waterlines. The Energy Commission's responsibilities are similar to those of a lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
The first step in the review process is for Energy Commission staff to determine whether or not the AFC contains all the information required by our regulations. During this data adequacy phase, we request that you review the sections of interest to your agency and determine whether the major issues of concern to your agency have been identified. At this time, we are only concerned that such issues are disclosed, not necessarily that they be fully discussed in detail.
When the AFC is deemed data adequate, we will begin data discovery and the analysis phases. These phases of the project usually occur during the first 120 days after the AFC is deemed adequate. During this time, a detailed examination of the issues will occur, and there will be opportunities for Energy Commission staff and your agency staff to require the applicant to provide any additional information deemed necessary for proper analysis and resolution of the issues.
Over the next twelve months, the Energy Commission will conduct a number of public workshops and hearings on the proposal to determine whether the project should be approved for construction and operation and under what set of conditions. These workshops will provide the public as well as local, state and federal agencies the opportunity to ask questions about, and provide input on, the proposed project. The Energy Commission will issue notices for these workshops and hearings, normally 14 days, but in no case later than 10 days, prior to the meeting.
We request that you provide any written comments you may have regarding the disclosure of potential issues of concern by January 5, 2000. Please provide your comments to Paul Richins, the Energy Commission's Project Manager. Your agency may also present its comments and recommendations in person at the Energy Commission's January 12, 2000, Business Meeting. The limited purpose of that meeting will be to determine whether the AFC is data adequate in accordance with our regulations.
If the AFC is accepted as data adequate, your participation in the proceeding is encouraged and will consist of identifying and working to resolve issues of concern to your agency. There may be specific requests for agency review and comment during the proceeding. Local agencies may seek reimbursement for costs incurred in responding to these requests. If you have questions or would like additional information on reimbursement or on how to participate in the Energy Commission's review of the project, please contact Paul Richins, Energy Commission Project Manager, at (916) 654-4074. The status of the project, copies of notices and other relevant documents will be placed on the Energy Commission's web site at: http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/pastoria.
ROBERT L. THERKELSEN, Deputy Director
Energy Facilities Siting and Environmental Protection
Enclosure (not available with on-line document)
Mailed to Pastoria Agency Mail list
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