CalPeak Border
Emergency Peaker Project

Docket Number:

01-EP-14 (Application For Certification)
01-EP-14C (Compliance Proceeding)


Project Status: Licensed; In Compliance Phase.
Operational: October 26, 2001


Applicant: CalPeak Power, LLC

Location: Otay Mesa, San Diego County

Size: 49.5 Megawatt Peaking Power Plant


Key Dates

  • June 14, 2001 - Small Power Plant Exemption (EP) filed
  • June 14, 2001 - Commission accepts EP as "data adequate."
  • July 11, 2001 - Commission approves Small Power Plant Exemption.
  • October 26, 2001 - Power plant on line and producing power.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT

The CalPeak Border (Border) project was reviewed under Public Resources Code section 25705, which granted the California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) emergency permitting authority, and Executive Order D-26-01, issued February 8, 2001 and Executive Order D-28-01 issued on March 7, 2001. In Executive Order D-26-01 and D-28-01, the Governor ordered the Energy Commission and other relevant state and local agencies to expedite review of proposed thermal power plants for construction and operation on an emergency basis by September 30, 2001. The Governor also declared that these projects were emergency projects under Public Resources Code section 21080(b)(4), and are thereby exempt from the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act.

On July 11, 2001, the Energy Commission approved the nominal 49.5 megawatt (MW), simple-cycle, natural gas-fired Border project. Commercial operation began on October 26, 2001.

The facility is located on approximately a 5.6 acre parcel in an industrial of the Otay Mesa section of the City of San Diego, San Diego County.

The Border project is a natural-gas fired simple-cycle peaking facility utilizing one FT8 Pratt & Whitney Twinpac gas-fired turbine system consisting of two engines connected to a common generator. The project incorporates selective catalytic reduction to reduce project emissions.

On October 31, 2001, the Energy Commission approved an extension of the on-line date for the project from September 30, 2001 to November 7, 2001.

The Energy Commission Decision included a provision that would allow for the certification to be extended for the life of the project, provided that the conditions of certification were current and in compliance, the project was permanent in nature, and air emission credits were in place. On April 11, 2012, the Energy Commission approved the extension of the Border project for the life of the facility, until such time that it ceases operations and commences permanent closure activities.


Emergency Power Plant Permitting Process

Under Public Resources Code section 25705, if the legislature or the Governor declares a state of energy emergency, the Energy Commission has emergency authority to order the construction and use of generating facilities under terms and conditions it specifies to protect the public interest. This authority can be invoked only if the Legislature or Governor declares a state of emergency and the Energy Commission determines that all reasonable conservation, allocation, and service restriction measures may not alleviate an energy supply emergency.

Governor Gray Davis declared a state of emergency on January 17, 2001. On February 8 and March 7, 2001, the Governor issued several executive orders, including Executive Orders D-26-01 and D-28-01, in which the Governor ordered the Energy Commission to expedite the processing of applications for peaking and renewable power plants that were to be on line by September 30, 2001. The Governor also declared that these projects were emergency projects under Public Resources Code section 21080(b)(4), and were thereby exempt from the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

The goal of this 21-day emergency permitting process was to identify and permit power plants that could respond to the energy emergency without sacrificing the public’s health or safety or California’s environment.



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Keith Winstead
Project Manager
Siting, Transmission and Environmental Protection (STEP) Division
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Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-654-5191
E-mail: Keith.Winstead@energy.ca.gov

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