Pio Pico Energy Center
Power Plant Licensing Case

Docket Number:

11-AFC-01 (Application For Certification)
11-AFC-1C (Compliance Proceeding)

Project Status: Licensed; In Compliance Phase.

The California Energy Commission approved this project's Application for Certification on September 12, 2012. The Commission monitors the power plant's construction, operation and eventual decommissioning through a compliance proceeding.

Committee that oversaw Original Licensing Proceeding:

Carla Peterman, Commissioner, Presiding Member

Karen Douglas, Commissioner, Associate Member


Hearing Officer: Raoul Renaud

Key Dates


On February 9, 2011 Pio Pico Energy Center LLC submitted an Application for Certification (AFC) to the California Energy Commission seeking permission to to construct and operate a power generation facility, the Pio Pico Energy Center (PPEC), in the County of San Diego, adjacent to the existing Otay Mesa Generating Project.

The Pio Pico Energy Center is a proposed simple-cycle power generation project that consists of three General Electric LMS100 natural gas-fired combustion turbine generators. The total net generating capacity would be 300 megawatts, with each CTG capable of generating 100 megawatts.

Energy Commission Facility Certification Process

The California Energy Commission is the lead agency (for licensing thermal power plants 50 megawatts and larger) under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and has a certified regulatory program under CEQA. Under its certified program, the Energy Commission is exempt from having to prepare an environmental impact report. Its certified program, however, does require environmental analysis of the project, including an analysis of alternatives and mitigation measures to minimize any significant adverse effect the project may have on the environment.

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