[California Energy Commission Letterhead]


NOTICE OF RECEIPT

PETITION TO AMEND THE ENERGY COMMISSION DECISION
FOR THE SUNRISE POWER PROJECT (98-AFC-4C)
TEMPORARY EMISSION INCREASE DURING COMMISSIONING

On February 20, 2003, the California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) received a petition from the Sunrise Power Company, LLC, to amend the Energy Commission Decision for the Sunrise Power Project (SPP). SPP is a 320 MW simple-cycle, natural gas-fired power plant that was certified in December 2000, and commenced operation in June 2001. In November 2001, the Energy Commission approved the expansion of SPP to a nominal 585 MW combined-cycle power plant that is currently under construction and scheduled for commercial operation in summer 2003. SPP is located approximately 35 miles southwest of Bakersfield, and one mile southwest of the intersection of State Route 33 and Shale Road in Kern County, California.

PROPOSED MODIFICATIONS

A temporary increase in criteria air pollutants (i.e., particulate matter, nitrous oxides, volatile organic compounds, and carbon monoxide) during commissioning activities will occur intermittently during spring 2003 for the combined cycle expansion. Commissioning involves system-tuning of the turbines under various operating conditions in order to confirm that the equipment will perform in accordance with emission limits. Revisions to the air quality conditions of certification are proposed. The San Joaquin Air Pollution Control District issued a regular variance in December 2002 for the temporary increase in commissioning emissions.

ENERGY COMMISSION REVIEW PROCESS

The purpose of the Energy Commission's review process is to assess the impacts of this proposal on environmental quality, public health and safety. The review process includes an evaluation of the consistency of the proposed changes with the Energy Commission's Decision and if the project, as changed, will remain in compliance with applicable laws, ordinances, regulations, and standards (Title 20, California Code of Regulations, Section 1769). The petition is currently being reviewed by Energy Commission staff, and a staff analysis is expected to be completed in the next few weeks. A public hearing for the purpose of approving or denying the amendment proposal will subsequently be held at a regularly scheduled Energy Commission business meeting.

This Notice of Receipt is being mailed to interested parties and local property owners who may want to participate in the amendment process. If you would like to receive a copy of the petition to amend the project, staff’s analysis, or the Energy Commission’s order if the changes are approved, please complete the enclosed Information Request Form and return it to the address shown.

If you have questions or wish to make comments regarding this proposed project change, please contact Nancy Tronaas, Compliance Project Manager, at (916) 654-3864, or by e-mail at ntronaas@energy.state.ca.us, within 10 days of the date of this notice.

For further information on how to participate in this proceeding, please contact Ms. Roberta Mendonca, the Energy Commission's Public Adviser, at (916) 654-4489, or toll free in California at (800) 822-6228. News media inquiries should be directed to Assistant Director, Claudia Chandler, at (916) 654-4989.

 


Date: : (Signed Feb. 24, 2003)


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TERRENCE O'BRIEN, Deputy Director
Systems Assessment & Facilities Siting



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