Sentinel Energy Project
Power Plant Licensing Case
07-AFC-03 (Application For Certification)
07-AFC-3C (Compliance Proceeding)
Completed Sentinel Energy Project
Photo courtesy of Competitive Power Ventures, Inc.
Project Status: Licensed; In Compliance Phase.
The California Energy Commission approved this project's Application for Certification on December 1, 2010. The Commission monitors the power plant's construction, operation and eventual decommissioning through a compliance proceeding.
Committee that oversaw Original Licensing Proceeding:
James D Boyd, Vice Chair, Presiding Member
Hearing Officer: Kenneth Celli
- 6/26/2007 - Application for Certification (AFC) filed with California Energy Commission
- 8/29/2007 - Commission accepts Application as complete and "data adequate."
- 7/31/2008 - Commission staff releases its Preliminary Staff Assessment.
- 10/10/2008 - Commission staff releases Final Staff Analysis.
- 10/5/2010 - Committee releases Presiding Member's Proposed Decision.
- 12/1/2010 - Commission approves Application For Certification.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT
The CPV Sentinel Energy Project is a proposed nominally rated 850-megawatt (MW) electrical generating facility. The power plant site encompasses 37 acres of land situated within unincorporated Riverside County, California.
The proposed project consists of eight natural gas-fired General Electric (GE) LMS100 combustion turbine generators (CTGs) operating in simple cycle mode. The project will supply quick-start peaking capacity, energy, and ancillary services into the California Independent System Operator's (CAISO) Los Angeles Basin Local Capacity Requirement (LCR) Area, which has been identified as an area in need of additional peaking capacity to meet resource adequacy requirements and ensure grid reliability.
The proposed project will be constructed, commissioned, owned, and operated by CPV Sentinel, LLC (CPV Sentinel). CPV Sentinel anticipates selling the capacity, energy, and ancillary services under long-term contract to one or more load serving entities. CPV Sentinel has a power purchase agreement with Southern California Edison (SCE) for five of the units and anticipates securing an agreement to sell the capacity, energy, and ancillary services under long-term contract to one or more load-serving entities for the remaining three units.
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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