- Docket Number
- 1,124 MW
- Kern County
- Combined Cycle
- Project Status
- Operational (Natural Gas-Fired)
- Project Type
- Application for Certification
The La Paloma Generating Project (LPGP) is located near McKittrick, Kern County, approximately 40 miles west of Bakersfield, near the intersection of Reserve Road and Skyline Road.
LPGP is a 1,124-megawatt natural gas-fired, combined cycle facility consisting of four combustion turbine generators, four heat recovery steam generators and exhaust stacks, and two to four steam turbines. California Aqueduct water from the West Kern Water District supplies the project water via an eight-mile pipeline.
On March 22, 2000, the California Energy Commission (CEC) approved a Post-Certification Amendment (PCA) (TN 14063) to add a natural-gas-fired boiler to the zero discharge wastewater treatment system, and to implement the capability of the gas turbines' to operate in a steam injection power augmentation mode.
On August 1, 2007, the CEC approved a PCA (TN 41795) to allow use of injection wells as the primary method of wastewater disposal and use of the zero-liquid discharge system as a backup disposal option.
On October 22, 2018, the CEC approved a request to place the facility’s auxiliary boiler in dormant status. The auxiliary boiler is not needed for normal operations and was last operated to conduct the three-year source testing in 2016.
Power Plant Certification and Exemption Processes
As required by the Warren-Alquist Act, the Energy Commission monitors Commission-certified energy projects throughout construction, operation, and closure to ensure compliance with the conditions of certification imposed by the Commission’s Final Decision for approving the projects.