- Docket Number
- 632 MW
- San Diego County
- Simple Cycle
- Project Status
- Operational (Natural Gas-Fired)
- Project Type
- Application for Certification
The Carlsbad Energy Center Project (CECP) is located on the existing Encina Power Station (EPS) power plant complex in the city of Carlsbad, San Diego County.
On May 31, 2012, the California Energy Commission (CEC) approved the 558-megawatt Carlsbad Energy Center Project.
On July 30, 2015, the California Energy Commission (CEC) approved a Post-Certification Amendment (PTA) (TN 205625) for the construction and operation of the Amended Carlsbad Energy Center Project (ACECP), which was comprised of six General Electric (GE) LMS100-PA 632 MW natural gas-fired, diffusion-flame turbine engines operating in simple-cycle configuration. Although six combustion turbine generators (CTGs) were approved for the ACECP, only five CTGs with a total net output capacity of about 527-megawatts were constructed. The ACECP is located on the northeastern parcel of the 95-acre EPS complex. The ACECP provides power generation reliability in the San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) service territory. The ACECP began operation on December 12, 2018.
Encina Power Station (EPS) was retired in December 2018. The EPS, as well as all above ground EPS facilities west of the North County Transit District (NCTD) railroad tracks, are currently being demolished. The demolition of EPS would be completed by September 12, 2022.
- Carlsbad Energy Center Project Amendments Final Decision, TN 205625, 08/03/2015, Order No.15-0730-05, Commission approval to demolish three above-ground storage tanks - tanks 1, 2, and 4, as well as tanks 5 - 7 on the approved (2012 decision) project site and to change the project to consist of six simple-cycle turbine generators producing approximately 632 MW.
- Notice of Determination for Approval to Establish and Operate a Communication Line, TN 220831, 08/18/2017, Staff approval to a communication line to be established and operational by November, 2017 in order to start the commissioning of equipment in the ACECP control room and communication with the California Independent System Operator and San Diego Gas & Electric for future plant operations.
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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.