Docket Number
96 MW
Santa Clara
Reciprocating Engine
Project Status
Project Type
Small Power Plant Exemption
Project Description

The Gilroy Backup Generating Facility (GBGF) would consist of a total of fifty (50) 2.5-MW diesel fired generators that would be used exclusively to provide up to 96 MW of backup generation to support the Gilroy Data Center (GDC), to be located on an undeveloped parcel generally located east of Arroyo Circle and between the two segments of Camino Arroyo within the City of Gilroy, Santa Clara County, California. The GBGF will include three smaller emergency generators; two house power diesel fired generators, each capable of generating 600 kW to support its respective building phase in an emergency; and a 175 kW diesel fired emergency generator, to support a security building.

Presiding Member: Karen Douglas, Commissioner

Associate Member: Andrew McAllister, Commissioner

Hearing Officer: Ralph Lee

June 28, 2021 - Gilroy Backup Generating Facility (20-SPPE-03) - Committee Conference

Small Power Plant Exemption

The CEC Small Power Plant Exemption (SPPE) process allows applicants proposing thermal power plants between 50 and 100 MW to obtain an exemption from the CEC’s jurisdiction and proceed with local permitting rather than requiring CEC certification. The CEC can grant an exemption if it finds that the proposed facility will not create a substantial adverse impact on the environment or energy resources. These facilities were exempted from the CEC’s jurisdiction.


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Leonidas (Lon) Payne
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