Russell City Energy Center
Power Plant Project
01-AFC-07 (Application For Certification)
01-AFC-7C (Major Amendments)
Project Status: Licensed; In Compliance Phase.
The California Energy Commission approved this project's Application for Certification on September 11, 2002. The Commission monitors the power plant's construction, operation and eventual decommissioning through a Compliance Proceeding for Amendments 1, 2, 3 & 4.
Committee that oversaw Original Licensing Proceeding:
John L. Geesman, Commissioner, Presiding Member
Jeffrey Byron, Commissioner, Associate Member
Hearing Officer: Paul Kramer
- May 22, 2001 - Applicant files Application For Certification (AFC).
- July 11, 2001 - Commission determines AFC is data adequate.
- October 31, 2001 - Staff issues its Staff Assessment.
- June 10, 2002 - Staff issues its Final Staff Assessment.
- July 31, 2002 - Presiding Member's Proposed Decision released.
- September 11, 2002 - Energy Commission approves license for project
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT
On May 22, 2001 Calpine Corporation and Bechtel Enterprises Holdings, Inc., known as the Calpine/Bechtel Joint Development filed an Application for Certification with the California Energy Commission seeking approval from the Energy Commission to construct and operate a 600 megawatt (MW) natural gas-fired, combined-cycle electric generating facility.
The project site is located in the Industrial Corridor of the City of Hayward, Alameda County, California, and would be known as the Russell City Energy Center (RCEC). The proposed 14.7-acre project site is located at the southwest corner of the intersection of Enterprise Avenue and Whitesell Street, directly south of the City of Hayward's Water Pollution Control Facility (WPCF).
The proposed project consists of two "F-Class" combustion turbine-generators (CTGs), two multi-pressure, supplementary-fired heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs), a single 3-pressure, reheat, condensing steam turbine-generator (STG), and a hybrid, wet/dry plume-abated mechanical draft cooling tower. Additional infrastructure includes: a 230-kilovolt (kV) on-site switchyard, approximately 1.1 mile 230-kV, double circuit overhead transmission line (this line would connect the RCEC switchyard to the existing Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) Eastshore substation via PG&E's existing Eastshore to Grant 115-kV transmission corridor); approximately 0.9 miles of an underground natural gas pipeline that would extend from PG&E's gas distribution line 153 to the RCEC site; approximately 100 feet of new domestic water/firewater pipeline from the existing City water main in Whitesell Street; and, approximately 2,000 feet of new industrial wastewater discharge pipeline.
On November 17, 2006, Calpine Corporation and the Russell City Energy Company, LLC, filed a Petition to Amend the Commission's Decision. That major amendment, compliance proceeding (01-AFC-7C) is located at: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/russellcity_amendment/.
On November 18, 2009, the Russell City Energy Company, LLC (RCEC) filed a second amendment petition with the Energy Commission to amend the Commission Decision for the Russell City Energy Center. The amendment asks: 1) Adding four new parcels as construction worker parking and construction laydown areas; 2) Re-routing the potable water supply and sanitary sewer pipelines, and 3) Updating the Air Quality Conditions of Certification to meet current best available control technology (BACT) standards.
For the amendments to the original proceeding, please see the amendment section.
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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