- 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]).
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.