Project Owner
Sacramento Municipal Utility District Financing Authority
Docket Number
158 MW
Sacramento County
Combined Cycle
Project Status
Operational (Natural Gas-Fired)
Project Type
Application for Certification
Project Description

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District Financing Authority’s Campbell Power Plant (CPP) is in unincorporated Sacramento County adjacent to the former Campbell Soup Supply Company, LLC (CSSC) facility (now known as the Capital Commerce Center), which was the project’s steam host. CPP is located at 3215 47th Avenue.

CPP is a nominal 158-megawatt natural gas-fired, combined-cycle cogeneration facility consisting of a Siemens V84.2 natural-gas-fired combustion turbine generator, a steam turbine generator, and associated equipment.

On September 27, 2012, CSSC made a public announcement that it would close its South Sacramento facility in 2013. On October 30, 2012, the CSSC provided official written notice to the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) of its intent to close the CSSC’s Sacramento facility and terminate the Steam Sales Agreement (SSA) between SMUD and CSSC effective October 30, 2013. The termination of the SSA in turn left CPP without a viable steam host. On May 9, 2013, CSSC shut down all steam systems and ceased receipt of steam from CPP. Without a steam host, CPP generates electricity more efficiently as a combined-cycle plant. Depending on atmospheric conditions, the steam not sent to the steam host is now available to generate up to an extra 5 megawatts of electricity for the same quantity of fuel previously burned.

On November 14, 2013, the California Energy Commission (CEC) approved a Post-Certification Amendment (PTA) for modification of Condition of Certification EFF-1, to allow CPP to provide steam when there is a suitable steam host.

On July 13, 2016, the CEC approved a PTA (TN 212335) to provide an option to replace the use of potable water with recycled water in the cooling tower when available in suitable quantities and quality; construction of additional water treatment facilities; and increasing discharge amounts to the city of Sacramento’s sanitary sewer system, resulting from the use of recycled water.

On September 8, 2021, the CEC approved an ownership transfer from the Sacramento Power Authority to the Sacramento Municipal Utility District Financing Authority, and the name of the project changed from Campbell Cogeneration Project to Campbell Power Plant.

  • Notice of Post-Certification Change to deliver both Low and High Steam Pressure, Not in Docket, 03/05/1996, Staff Approval to deliver both low-pressure steam as described in the Application for Certification and high-pressure steam to Campbell Soup Company.
  • Notice of Post-Certification Change for Approval to Expand the Temporary Equipment Laydown Area, TN 3486, 10/09/1996, Staff approval to expand the present temporary equipment laydown area located north of the Campbell Cogeneration project site by approximately one acre.
  • Notice of Post-Certification Change to Use Freight Trains for Equipment Delivery, TN 3519, 10/18/1996, Staff approval to use freight trains instead of trucks for the delivery of 13 pieces of equipment weighing individually from 16.5 tons to 190 tons.
  • Notice of Post-Certification Change for Approval to Temporarily Expand the Construction Parking Area, TN 4450, 02/24/1997, Staff approval to use leased Campbell Soup area, currently used to store trucks, located immediately adjacent to and east of the existing construction parking area.
  • Order Modifying Condition of Certification Noise Five, TN 6265, 08/19/1997, Order No. 97-0730-1(a), Commission approval to modify Condition of Certification NOISE-5, to use a new method of steam blow called the "QuietBlow" process.
  • Order Modifying Air Quality Conditions 11, 12, 21, 45, 46 and Deleting Air Quality Condition 41, TN 7769, 01/09/1998, Order No. 97-1217-05, Commission approval to increase the total dissolved solids (TDS) content in the circulating water of the cooling tower, revise the sulfur oxides (SOx) hourly and daily emission rates, and reduce the amount of emission reduction credits (ERCs) required
  • Order Approving Modification of Air Quality Condition Thirty-One, TN 8527, 04/17/1998, Order No. 98-04-15-3, Commission Order approval to modify Air Quality Condition of Certification AQ-31 to delete “during the first calendar quarter.”
  • Order Approving a Petition to Amend Air Quality Conditions, TN 13025, 12/23/1999, Order No. 99-1215-08, Commission approval to modify Air Quality Conditions of Certification AQ-8, AQ-11, AQ-12, AQ-13, AQ-15, AQ-19 and add Air Quality Condition of Certification AQ-34a.
  • Order Approving Modifications to Air Quality Conditions of Certification, TN 53108, 09/02/2009, Order No. 09-0826-04, Commission approval to add, modify and delete Air Quality Conditions of Certification.
  • Order Approving a Petition to Amend Efficiency Condition to Allow for a Blind Flange and to Operate Without a Steam Host, TN 210677, 03/11/2016, Order No.13-1114-01f, Commission approval to modify the wording of EFF-1, allowing the project to operate absent of a steam host, and to install a blind flange on the export steam line.
  • Order Approving Petition to Amend to Replace Potable Water with Recycled Water, TN 212335, 07/18/2016, Order No. 16-0713-05, Commission approval of an option to replace the use of potable water with recycled water in the cooling tower when available in suitable quantities and quality; and other modifications.
  • Order Approving Petition to Amend Facility License Install a Siemens Wet Compression System Upgrade, TN 226297, 01/11/2019, Order No. 19-0109-03, Commission approval to install a Siemens wet compression system upgrade to increase electrical production during high ambient temperature conditions, and other modifications.
  • Statement of Staff Approval of Proposed Project Change to Repurpose an Existing Water Storage Tank, TN 233170, 05/27/2020, Staff approval repurposing an existing water storage tank for fire suppression; and installing a new firewater pump.
  • Order Approving Petition to Transfer Ownership of a Facility, TN 239697, 09/14/2021, Order No. 21-0908-04, Commission approval of ownership transfer from the Sacramento Power Authority to the Sacramento Municipal Utility District Financing Authority (SFA), a joint powers authority under California law. The name of the project, Campbell Cogeneration Project, will change to Campbell Power Plant.
  • Order Approving Petition to Increase Cooling Tower VOCs, TN 242277, 3/9/2022, Order No. 22-0309-03, Commission approval to increase cooling tower VOC emission rate contained in air quality conditions of certification and corresponding air quality permit condition from the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District.

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Power Plant Certification and Exemption Processes

The CEC has the exclusive authority to certify all thermal power plants 50 megawatts (MW) and larger and related facilities proposed for construction in California. The Application for Certification (AFC) process is a certified regulatory program under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). As a certified regulatory program, the CEC does not prepare environmental impact reports (EIRs) in an AFC proceeding, but instead prepares environmental assessment documents that are functionally equivalent to EIRs. A certificate issued by the CEC is in lieu of any permit, certificate, or similar document otherwise required by any state, local or regional agency, or federal agency to the extent permitted by federal law, and supersedes any applicable statute, ordinance, or regulation of any state, local, or regional agency, or federal agency to the extent permitted by federal law.

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