- Project Owner
- Turlock Irrigation District
- Docket Number
- 174 MW
- Stanislaus County
- Simple Cycle
- Project Status
- Operational (Natural Gas-Fired)
- Project Type
- Application for Certification
The Turlock Irrigation District’s (TID) Almond 2 Power Plant (A2PP) is located at 4500 Crows Landing Road, Ceres, Stanislaus County, adjacent to the existing 48-megawatt (MW) TID’s Almond Power Plant. TID is an irrigation district that provides water and electricity within its service area located in Stanislaus and Modesto counties. TID is a Balancing Authority that integrates resources plans, maintains load interchange-generation balance within its Balancing Authority Area, and supports interconnection frequency.
A2PP is a 174 MW natural-gas fired, simple-cycle peaking facility consisting three identical 58 MW General Electric LM6000PG turbines with SPRINT (spray intercooling) equipped with a water injection system to the turbine in order to reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) formation, and a selective catalytic reduction system to further control NOx emissions. A2PP key components and features include an onsite 115-kilovolt (kV) switchyard, two 115-kV transmission line corridors, a 11.6-mile-long natural gas pipeline and onsite interconnection to APP’s water treatment and discharge systems. A2PP’s evaporative cooling uses reclaimed water.
A2PP is a fast-starting, load-following peaking generating facility that helps maintain TID’s Balancing Authority tie line (interconnection) schedules with neighboring balancing Authorities (the California Independent System Operator [CAISO] and Sacramento Municipal Utility District [SMUD]).
Order Approving a Petition to Amend Air Quality Conditions of Certification, TN 201918, 03/12/2014, Order No. 14-0312-04, Commission approval to modify or delete conditions related to the fuel flow meter, startup and shutdown emission limits, and regulating certain activities referencing construction and commissioning periods.
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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.