King City
Emergency Peaker Project

Docket Number:

01-EP-06 (Application For Certification)
01-EP-06C (Compliance Proceeding)

Project Status: Licensed; In Compliance Phase.
Operational: January 14, 2002

Applicant: Calpine

Location: King City, Monterey County

Size: 50 Megawatt Peaking Power Plant

Key Dates

  • 4/5/2001 - Small Power Plant Exemption (EP) filed
  • 4/11/2001 - Commission accepts EP as "data adequate."
  • 5/2/2001 - Commission approves Small Power Plant Exemption.
  • 1/14/2002 - Power plant on line and producing power.


Calpine Corporation proposes to build and operate a 50 megawatt, net output, simple-cycle combustion turbine generating facility in King City, Monterey County. the proposed facility, the King City Project, would be located adjacent to Calpine's King City Cogeneration Facility at 750 Metz Road.

The King City Project will be a 50 megawatt, natural-gas fired simple-cycle peaking facility located on a 6.7-acre cleared and graded portion of leased property adjacent to the existing King City Co-gen Facility. the King City Project requires no new linear facilities. the project will interconnect to PG&E's electricity transmission system through a radial tie to the existing lines at a point in the northwest corner of the King City Co-Gen property lease-hold. Natural gas will be provided through an on-site connection to the existing facility's PG&E gas supply. The Project will use raw well water through a connection with the existing facility's water supply system. On-site, trailer-mounted or skid-mounted water treatment (reverse-osmosis and de-mineralization) units will provide de-mineralized water on demand for turbine injection and cooling. Waste water will be returned to the existing facility' waste water system.

Project Owner/Operator and Contact:

Bryan J. Bertachhi, P.E.
Vice President, Western regional Operations
Calpine Corporation
6700 Koll Center Parkway, Suite 200
Pleasanton, CA 94566

Small Power Plant Exemption Evaluation Process

The SPPE process allows projects between 50 and 100 MW to proceed with local approval rather than requiring an Energy Commission license. This exemption from the Energy Commission licensing process can be applied to projects that would not create a substantial adverse impact on the environment or energy resources. The Energy Commission acts as the lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and will prepare an Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration that examines public health and safety, along with environmental impacts of the proposed project, including all related facilities such as electric transmission lines, natural gas and water pipelines. If the exemption is granted, the applicant would still need to secure the appropriate licenses and permits from relevant local, state, and federal agencies.

For Questions About This Siting Case Contact:

Anwar Ali
Project Manager
Siting, Transmission and Environmental Protection (STEP) Division
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-15
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-654-5020

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