Larkspur Energy Facility
Emergency Peaker Project

Docket Number:

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


Project Status: Licensed; In Compliance Phase.
Operational: July 16, 2001


Applicant: Wildflower Energy

Location: San Diego, San Diego County

Size: 90 Megawatt Peaking Power Plant


Key Dates

  • 3/8/2001 - Small Power Plant Exemption (EP) filed
  • 3/16/2001 - Commission accepts EP as "data adequate."
  • 4/4/2001 - Commission approves Small Power Plant Exemption.
  • 7/16/2001 - Power plant on line and producing power.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT

The Larkspur Energy Facility (LEF) 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 April 4, 2001, the Energy Commission approved the 90 megawatt (MW), simple-cycle, natural gas-fired LEF. Commercial operation began on July 16, 2001.

The LEF is located at 9355 Otay Mesa Road in the City of San Diego, San Diego County, at the intersection of Otay Mesa Road and Harvest Road. The facility connects to the existing San Diego Gas & Electric substation adjacent to the site. The facility is located in an industrial zone, the dual-fueled Larkspur plant was the first emergency facility to be constructed and in operation under the expedited process.

The LEF occupies approximately three acres and consists of two 45 MW General Electric LM6000 gas turbine engines. The project incorporates selective catalytic reduction to reduce project emissions.

In 2004, ownership of the project changed from InterGen to Diamond Generating Corporation.

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 Larkspur Energy Facility for the live 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.



For Questions About This Siting Case Contact:

Keith Winstead
Project Manager
Siting, Transmission and Environmental Protection (STEP) Division
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-15
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-654-5191
E-mail: Keith.Winstead@energy.ca.gov

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Compliance Proceeding

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