- 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 (PCA) (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.
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.