Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission
OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATION OF THE
GWF TRACY PEAKER PROJECT
IN SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY
(GWF ENERGY LLC)
DOCKET NO. 01-AFC-16
( DATA ADEQUATE OCTOBER 17, 2001)
NOTICE OF INFORMATIONAL HEARING AND SITE VISIT
The California Energy Commission, a state agency, has exclusive jurisdiction to license new power plants that generate 50 megawatts (MW) or more. On August 16, 2001, GWF Energy LLC (the Applicant) filed an Application for Certification (AFC) with the Energy Commission to construct and operate the Tracy Peaker Project, a nominal 169 MW simple cycle natural gas-fired power plant to be located southwest of the City of Tracy. The Energy Commission is reviewing the proposal under the expedited process established by the Governor's Executive Orders D-26-01 and D-28-01 and Public Resources Code section 25552 as amended by Senate Bill 28 (Chap. 12, Stats. 2001). The plant is expected to be online by July 2002.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Commission has designated a Committee of two Commissioners to conduct proceedings on the Application. The Committee has scheduled a public information hearing and site visit to discuss the proposed project with the Tracy community as described below:
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2001
Site Visit beginning at 2:30 p.m.
Information Hearing beginning at 4:00 p.m.
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites
3751 Tracy Boulevard
Prior to the informational hearing, members of the public are invited to attend a tour of the proposed site during daylight hours. Bus transportation to the site will leave from the Holiday Inn Express parking lot at 2:15 p.m. Following the site visit, the buses will return to the Holiday Inn Express and the informational hearing will convene at approximately 4:00 p.m. Persons intending to attend the site visit should make reservations for bus transportation with the Commission's Public Adviser by calling (916) 654-4489 or toll free, (800) 822-6228, no later than Tuesday, November 20, 2001.
On October 17, 2001, the Commission began the expedited review process to consider the Application for Certification for the GWF Tracy Peaker Project (TPP). The expedited review will take approximately four months. During the review period, the Commission will determine whether the proposed project complies with applicable laws related to public health and safety, environmental impacts, and engineering requirements. The informational hearing scheduled by this Notice is sponsored by the Commission to inform the public about the project and to invite public participation in the review process.
The TPP will be located on a nine acre, fenced site within a 40-acre parcel in an unincorporated portion of San Joaquin County. The site is immediately southwest of Tracy and approximately 20 miles southwest of Stockton. It is bounded by the Delta-Mendota Canal to the southwest, agricultural property to the south and east, and the Union Pacific Railroad to the north. Immediately north of the Railroad are the Owens-Brockway glass container manufacturing plant and the Nutting-Rice warehouse. The Tracy Biomass power plant is approximately 0.6 miles to the northwest.
The TPP would consist of the power plant, an onsite 230-kilovolt switchyard, an onsite natural gas supply interconnection, an approximately five mile 230-kilovolt transmission line, an approximately 1,470-foot water supply pipeline, and improvements to an existing dirt access road approximately one mile in length.
The TPP would use two natural gas fired General Electric Model PG7121 (EA) combustion turbine generators (CTG) operating in simple-cycle mode. The combustion turbines would use a dry-low nitrogen oxide (NOx) combustion system to minimize air emissions. An evaporative cooling system would be installed on the inlet air for use at higher ambient temperatures. Natural gas would be supplied by Pacific Gas & Electric Company via an outside interconnection with an existing transmission pipeline.
Industrial process water and nonpotable domestic water would be supplied from the Delta-Mendota Canal pursuant to an existing contract with the Plain View Water District. Drinking water for the facility would be provided by a local bottled water vendor.
The engineering and environmental details of the proposed project are contained in the AFC. A copy of the AFC is available at the Tracy Branch Library, 20 Eaton Avenue, Tracy, California. Copies have also been provided to the local public agencies that are involved in the review process.
The TPP is proposed as a merchant plant, which will sell electricity in the energy market. The Applicant has signed a contract with the California Department of Water Resources that provides for the purchase of up to 4,000 hours per year of plant generating capacity. The Applicant also expects that electricity produced by this plant beyond the contracted hours will be sold to the California Independent System Operator.
Purpose of the Information Hearing
The power plant certification process, which contains requirements equivalent to those under the California Environmental Quality Act, will examine all relevant engineering and environmental aspects of the proposed project. The review process provides a public forum allowing the Applicant, Commission staff, interested parties, governmental agencies, adjacent landowners, and members of the general public to consider the advantages and disadvantages of the project, and to discuss changes or alternatives as necessary.
The informational hearing is the first in a series of Commission events where interested members of the public and governmental agencies will have an opportunity to obtain information and to offer comments on the proposal. The Applicant will explain plans for developing the proposed site and related facilities and Commission staff will explain the administrative licensing process and its role in reviewing the Application. Applicant and Staff will also discuss the schedule and possible issues that may be significant during this proceeding.
Proposed Schedules and Issue Identification Report
To assist participants in understanding the project, Applicant and Staff shall file proposed schedules for the project review and Staff shall file an Issue Identification Report ("report") summarizing the potential major issues. The proposed schedules and Staff's report shall be filed no later than Thursday, November 8, 2001. Copies of these documents will be available on the Commission's Internet Web page at:
Due to the expedited nature of the four-month review process, the Committee has also established a draft schedule for proceedings on the AFC. The schedule is available on line.
Public Adviser and Public Participation
The Commission's Public Adviser is available to assist the public in participating in the certification review process. Members of the public may participate in all aspects of the review process in a variety of ways. If you need information concerning public participation, please contact the Commission's Public Adviser, Roberta Mendonca at (916) 654-4489 or, (800) 822-6228 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Technical questions concerning the project should be addressed to Cheri Davis, the Commission's Project Manager, at (916) 657-4394 or e-mail at: email@example.com
Questions of a legal or procedural nature should be directed to Cheryl Tompkin, the Hearing Officer, at (916) 654-3893 or e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you require special accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Priscilla Ross at (916) 653-6631 or e-mail at: email@example.com
Media inquiries should be directed to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director for Media and Public Communications at (916) 654-4989 or e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Information concerning the status of the project, as well as notices and other relevant documents, is also available on the Energy Commission's Internet web page at: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/tracypeaker/index.html
Dated November 2, 2001, at Sacramento, California.
Commissioner and Presiding Member
GWF Tracy Peaker Project Committee
ROBERT A. LAURIE
GWF Tracy Peaker Project Committee
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