Docket Number
147 MW
Santa Clara County
Combined Cycle
Project Status
Operational (Natural Gas-Fired)
Project Type
Application for Certification
Project Description

The Donald Von Raesfeld (DVR) Power Plant is located west of the intersection of Lafayette Street and Duane Avenue and immediately north of Silicon Valley Power's (SVP) Kifer Receiving Station in the city of Santa Clara, Santa Clara County.

DVR is a 147-megawatt natural gas-fired, combined cycle, wet-cooled generating facility consisting of two General Electric LM-6000PC Sprint combustion turbine-generators (CTGs), a single condensing steam turbine generator, a de-aerating surface condenser, a mechanical draft plume-abated cooling tower; and associated support equipment. The CTGs are equipped with standard combustors, air inlet chilling, and heat recovery steam generators with duct burners.

DVR is dedicated to supplying power to SVP's native load customers. DVR provides approximately 25 percent of SVP's generation resources and helps meet expected load growth by replacing the power obtained through a long-term sales agreement that expired in 2005, just after this plant came online.

  • Approval of Petition to Add Construction Laydown and Parking Areas, TN 30880, 02/06/2004, Staff approval to add construction laydown and parking areas at 888 Reed Street and 110 Duane Avenue.
  • Approval of Petition to Add Construction Laydown Area, TN 31236, 04/14/2004, Staff approval for addition of gas pipeline construction laydown area at the northeast junction of the Montague Expressway and Lafayette Street.
  • Approval of Verification Change BIO-9, TN 33830, 03/22/2005, Staff Approval of Verification Change BIO-9 to include necessary provisions for approval by the Compliance Project Manager of any subsequent management change for the habitat compensation lands.

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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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Docket Log (02-AFC-03)

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