STATE OF CALIFORNIA
Conservation and Development Commission
APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATION ) DOCKET NO. 01-EP-11 OF THE ) [APPLICATION FOUND COMPLETE ON: BALDWIN ENERGY FACILITY NO. 1 ) MAY 24, 2001] LA JOLLA ENERGY DEVELOPMENT, INC. ) ______________________________________)
NOTICE OF COMMITTEE HEARING ON
THE ENERGY COMMISSION STAFF ASSESSMENT
AND THE NEW ADOPTION HEARING DATE
Pursuant to the Governor's emergency power plant siting policy, La Jolla Energy Development, Inc. (Applicant) proposes to build a new power plant called the Baldwin Energy Facility No. 1 (project) in the Inglewood Oilfield located near Baldwin Park, Los Angeles County. The California Energy Commission assigned Commissioner Robert Pernell to conduct proceedings on this proposed project. On May 31, 2001, Commissioner Pernell and his Committee conducted an informational hearing in Culver City, where the Applicant described the project and the Commission staff explained the review process and identified issues of concern. Members of the public expressed their views on the project and requested an additional hearing to discuss the proposal. Commissioner Pernell has scheduled a hearing on the Energy Commission Staff Assessment for the project as follows:
I. COMMITTEE HEARING
MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2001
Beginning at 5:30 p.m.
West Los Angeles College
Fine Arts Theatre
4800 Freshman Drive
Culver City, CA 90230
Purpose of Committee Hearing:
Commissioner Pernell and his Committee will discuss the Staff Assessment and consider public comments on the project. Members of the public, community organizations, and interested agencies are invited to attend this event, and to submit written questions to the Committee concerning the project and the Energy Commission's emergency siting process. To the extent feasible, these written questions will be addressed at the hearing. In addition, anyone may make oral comments or submit written comments at this hearing or at the adoption hearing described below.
The Commission's Public Adviser, Roberta Mendonca, is available to assist interested individuals and organizations as well as provide information on participating in the Commission's emergency siting process. For information on how to participate at this hearing, call the Public Adviser's office at (800) 273-4459.
Baldwin Energy Facility No. 1 Project Description
The proposed Baldwin No. 1 project is a 53 MW simple-cycle power plant located at 5640 S. Fairfax Avenue, within the Inglewood Oilfield, in the County of Los Angeles. The proposed project consists of two GE LM 2500 natural gas-fired combustion turbines and associated equipment. Electrical interconnections will be made to existing 69 kilovolt (kV) overhead lines that run on the east side of La Cienega Boulevard, which is adjacent to the project site. New overhead lines will be run to connect the existing lines on La Cienega to the plant's switchyard.
The project will initially use water injection to reduce NOx emissions to 25 ppm; the final emissions control configuration will include steam injection utilizing heat recovery steam generators (HRSG) and a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system to reduce emissions to 2.5 ppm NOx, and an oxidation catalyst to reduce carbon monoxide emissions to 4 ppm and volatile organic compound emissions to 1.4 ppm. These catalyst systems are needed to meet the Best Available Control Technology (BACT) requirements, though the project may be allowed to initially operate without these systems for a period of months to allow the project to be online sooner.
The SCR emission control technology, when installed, will require the storage and use of aqueous ammonia. Aqueous ammonia will be transported to the site in California Department of Transportation (DOT) regulated vehicles and stored onsite in a 5,000 gallon steel storage tank installed with secondary containment. Water will be required for both evaporative inlet air cooling and combusion chamber cooling, and will be supplied by the California-American Water Company. Fresh water will be treated using a demineralization process to make it suitable for water and steam injection into the turbines. All wastewater generated by normal operation of this facility will be blended with wastewater from the Inglewood Oilfield before re-injection into the Oilfield's reservoir as part of the oilfield waterflood process.
The overall project construction is expected to take approximately three to four months. The project will begin commercial operation before September 30, 2001. Construction will require an average of 80 workers over the first four weeks of the construction schedule and remain at approximately 80 workers for the following two months. The peak construction workforce will be 80 workers and supervisors, although the team will be reduced to 40 workers for the final two weeks of construction.
Schedule and Issues Identification
The Energy Commission staff will issue its Staff Assessment for the proposed project on or about June 13, 2001. The Staff Assessment will be posted on the Energy Commission's website at:
Call the Energy Commission's Public Adviser at the number indicated above for information on how to obtain a copy of the Staff Assessment.
At the June 18, 2001, Committee hearing scheduled in this notice, the parties will discuss issues raised in the Staff Assessment regarding areas of concerns, including land use, air quality, public health and safety, environmental justice, noise, visual impacts, biological resources, soil and water resources, cultural resources, and paleontological resources. The public will have an opportunity to ask questions and present comments on these issues.
This project proposal is being reviewed under emergency authority granted by the Governor for emergency "peaker" power plants, that are designed to be built quickly. Following the Committee hearing, Commissioner Pernell will prepare a Proposed Decision based on the information provided by the Applicant, Staff, interested governmental agencies, community organizations, and members of the public. The Proposed Decision will be posted on the Energy Commission's website on the evening of June 20, 2001, and will be considered at the Energy Commission adoption hearing on June 22, 2001, as described below.
II. NEW ADOPTION HEARING DATE
The Energy Commission has rescheduled the adoption hearing to consider whether or not to grant a certification for the Baldwin Energy Facility No. 1 Project. The Energy Commission, in deciding this case, will consider the Commissioner's Proposed Decision and public comments received at the Committee hearings and the adoption hearing, as well as the other written documents in the record as follows:
FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2001
Beginning at 10 a.m.
Hearing Room A
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Parties and interested community representatives, who cannot travel to Sacramento for the adoption hearing, may participate via teleconference by calling 1-888-566-6173, toll free, beginning at 9:45 a.m. The passcode is Business Meeting and the conference leader's name is Jerome Lee. Please identify yourself and your organization when your call is accepted.
How to Participate
If you need information concerning public participation, please contact Roberta Mendonca, the Commission's Public Adviser. For information regarding sites in Northern California, call (877) 602-4747 and for Southern California, call (800) 273-4459. You may also e-mail her at PAO@energy.state.ca.us
Please contact Robert Sifuentes, Equal Employment Officer, at (916) 654-5004, if you require special accommodation to participate at this event. Technical questions concerning the project should be addressed to Jim Bartridge, the Project Manager, at (916) 651-8839 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions of a legal or procedural nature should be directed to Tom Glaviano, Manager, Emergency Siting Hearing Office, at (916) 651-8893 or e-mail: email@example.com
Media inquiries should be directed to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Director for Media and Public Communications at (916) 654-4989.
Legislative inquiries should be directed to Tim Schmelzer, Assistant Director, Office of Governmental Affairs, at (916) 654-4942 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in receiving information electronically on the emergency peaking power plants, please sign up at the Energy Commission's Web Site at www.energy.ca.gov/html/listservers.html Information concerning the status of the project, as well as notices and other relevant documents, is also available on the Energy Commission's Web Site: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/peakers/baldwin/
On January 17, 2001, Governor Gray Davis proclaimed a State of Emergency due to the energy shortage in the State of California, and on February 8 and March 8, 2001, he issued Executive Orders D-26-01 and D-28-01. The Executive Orders require the Energy Commission to invoke the emergency siting procedures in Public Resources Code section 25705 to expedite the licensing of all new renewable and peaking power plants that could be available for service by September 30, 2001.
Executive Orders D-26-01 and D-28-01 were issued after the Governor had issued executive orders to stimulate conservation and energy efficiency and to reduce peak demand. In Executive Orders D-26-01 and D-28-01, Governor Davis made the findings that (1) "all reasonable conservation, allocation, and service restriction measures will not alleviate this energy supply emergency," and (2) "the energy supply emergency poses a threat to public health and safety and requires the siting of new power plants that can be on line to avoid electricity supply shortages this summer and next."
Pursuant to the Executive Orders, the Energy Commission has set aside its normal licensing procedures and will consider certifying facilities under the emergency siting process to protect the public interest.
Dated June 8, 2001, at Sacramento, California
THOMAS GLAVIANO, Manager
Emergency Siting Hearing Office
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