The Pico Power Project is a nominal 122 megawatt natural gas-fired combined-cycle power plant that was certified by the California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) in September 2003. It is currently under construction, and scheduled for commercial operation in January 2005. The power plant is located on a 2.85-acre parcel located at 850 Duane Avenue in the City of Santa Clara, California. On December 29, 2003, Silcon Valley Power (SVP), filed a petition to amend the Commission Decision for the Pico Power Project as described below.


SVP requests approval for two construction equipment laydown and parking areas for temporary use during construction of the project. One site is a 1.8 acre parcel at 888 Reed Street, located at the southwest corner of Reed and Layfayette Streets, approximately 1.3 miles south of the power plant. The second site at 1010 Duane Avenue is one-third of an acre in size, and is located just north of the power plant site. Both sites are in industrial-zoned areas, and no physical improvements will be necessary to accommodate the proposed use.

Pursuant to section 1769(a)(2), Title 20, California Code of Regulations, Energy Commission approval for the change is not required if Energy Commission staff determines: 1) that there is no possibility that the modification may have a significant effect on the environment, and 2) that the modification will not result in a change or deletion of a condition of certification, or make changes that would cause the project not to comply with applicable laws, ordinances, regulations, or standards. Energy Commission staff have determined that the proposed modification(s) meet the criteria because:

  • The temporary use of the two construction laydown areas will not have a significant effect on the environment because the existing conditions of certification are adequate to avoid or minimize potential environmental impacts of the use of these properties,

  • No changes to, or deletion of an existing condition of certification will be required, and

  • The use of the additional laydown areas is in compliance with applicable laws, ordinances, regulations or standards.

Any person may file a written objection to staff's determination on the grounds that the project modification does not meet the criteria set forth in Section 1769(a)(2). All objections must be sent either by U.S. mail or other document delivery service to Nancy Tronaas, Compliance Project Manager, at the address above, or by fax at (916) 654-3882, or by e-mail to If no substantive objection is received by 5:00 P.M. on February 5, 2004, the requested project change will be approved.

If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Tronaas at (916) 654-3864.

Date: ________________

TERRENCE O'BRIEN, Deputy Director

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