Docket Number
158 MW
Sacramento County
Simple Cycle
Project Status
Operational (Natural Gas-Fired)
Project Type
Application for Certification
Project Description

The Sacramento Power Authority’s Campbell Cogeneration Project (SPAC) is in unincorporated Sacramento County adjacent to the former Campbell Soup Supply Company, LLC (CSSC) facility (now known as the Capital Commerce Center), which was the project’s steam host. SPAC is located at 3215 47th Avenue.

SPAC is a nominal 158-megawatt cogeneration facility consisting of a Siemens V84.2 natural-gas-fired combustion turbine generator, a steam turbine generator, and associated equipment.

On September 27, 2012, CSSC made a public announcement that it would close its South Sacramento facility in 2013. On October 30, 2012, the CSSC provided official written notice to the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) of its intent to close the CSSC’s Sacramento facility and terminate the Steam Sales Agreement (SSA) between SMUD and CSSC effective October 30, 2013. The termination of the SSA in turn left SPAC without a viable steam host. On May 9, 2013, CSSC shut down all steam systems and ceased receipt of steam from SPAC. Without a steam host, SPAC generates electricity more efficiently as a combined-cycle plant. Depending on atmospheric conditions, the steam not sent to the steam host is now available to generate up to an extra 5 megawatts of electricity for the same quantity of fuel previously burned.

On November 14, 2013, the California Energy Commission (CEC) approved a Post-Certification Amendment (PCA) for modification of Condition of Certification EFF-1, to allow SPAC to provide steam when there is a suitable steam host.

On July 13, 2016, the CEC approved a PCA (TN 212335) to provide an option to replace the use of potable water with recycled water in the cooling tower when available in suitable quantities and quality; construction of additional water treatment facilities; and increasing discharge amounts to the city of Sacramento’s sanitary sewer system, resulting from the use of recycled water.

In July 2021, the project owner was changed from the Sacramento Power Authority to the Sacramento Municipal Utility District Financing Authority and the name of the project changed from Campbell Cogeneration Project to Campbell Power Plant.

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.

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Docket Log (93-AFC-03)

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