Pomona Repower Project

Docket Number:

16-SPPE-01 (Small Power Plant Exemption)


Project Status: In Review


Committee Overseeing This Case:

Janea Scott, Commissioner, Presiding Member

Karen Douglas, Commissioner, Associate Member

Hearing Officer: Raj Dixit


Key Dates


GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT

On March 21, 2016, AltaGas Pomona Energy Inc. (AltaGas) filed an application for a Small Power Plant Exemption (SPPE) seeking an exemption from the California Energy Commission’s licensing requirements for the Pomona Repower Project (PRP), located in the City of Pomona, in Los Angeles County. AltaGas proposes to replace the existing 44.5 MW San Gabriel Cogeneration Facility with the PRP, a nominal net 100-megawatt (MW) peaking facility. PRP will be powered by one General Electric LMS100 gas turbine. The LMS100 will use the existing 66 kV Simpson transmission line to connect to the grid. The existing poles will be upgraded with new conductors to account for the additional power generated by the LMS100. The project will include the removal of the existing LM5000 gas turbine currently in operation.


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:

Leonidas (Lon) Payne
Project Manager
Siting, Transmission and Environmental Protection (STEP) Division
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-15
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-651-0966
E-mail: Leonidas.Payne@energy.ca.gov

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