- Docket Number
- 95 MW
- Kings County
- Simple Cycle
- Project Status
- Operational (Natural Gas-Fired)
- Project Type
- Application for Certification
The Henrietta Peaker Power Plant (HPP) is located adjacent to Pacific Gas & Electric’s 70 kilovolt (kV) Henrietta Substation approximately one mile south of Highway 198 on 25th Avenue southeast of the City of Lemoor, Kings County.
HPP is a nominal 95-megawatt (MW) natural-gas fired, simple-cycle peaking facility consisting of two GE LM‐6000 natural gas‐fired combustion turbine generator (CTG) units.
HPP was placed in service on July 1, 2002, and initially operated under terms and conditions of a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the California Department of Water Resources (DWR). The DWR PPA was subsequently novated and replaced by a PPA with Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) for operation of the HPP in simple cycle mode. The HPP currently operates under the terms and conditions of the PG&E PPA.
The HPP is approved to use up to 158 acre-feet per year of water for plant operations. The source of this water is from the federal Valley Project and State Water Project allocations purchased through Kings County. The project also utilizes a permanent, single-pass reverse osmosis system for water deionizing treatment.
On March 24, 2010, the California Energy Commission (CEC) approved a Post-Certification Amendment (PTA) (TN 56498) allowing the conversion of the simple-cycle Henrietta Peaker Project to the 120 MW GWF Henrietta Combined-Cycle Power Plant by adding two once-through steam generators to recover heat from the exhaust of the existing turbines and produce steam to power a new 25 MW steam turbine generator. The project was never converted.
On November 17, 2014, GWF Energy, LLC , the CEC approved a PTA (TN 203380) requesting the revocation of the 2010 Amended Final Decision for the GWF Henrietta Combined-Cycle Power Plant, and the reinstatement of the original 2002 certification to operate the facility as the simple-cycle Henrietta Peaker Project, allowing the continued operation of the Henrietta Peaker Project in compliance with the original 2002 Certification.
- Order Approving onsite BESS. TN 249048, 3/6/23. Staff approval of installation of onsite BESS system for hybrid operations. Will not increase current output.
- Order Approving Modifications to Air Quality Conditions of Certification, Not in Docket, Order No. 03-0723-08, Commission approval to reduce PM10 emission limits to lower the amount of PM10 ERCs; clarify methodology for tracking and reporting startup and shutdown emissions; and eliminate restriction on number of startups and shutdowns.
- Order Approving a Petition to Amend Air Quality Conditions of Certification, TN 30794, 01/29/2004, Order No. 04-0121-X, Commission approval to allow GWF to substitute a 300-kW emergency diesel engine for the licensed 250 kW emergency diesel engine.
- Order Approving a Petition to Convert the Henrietta Park Peaker Project to the GWF Henrietta Combined-Cycle Power Plant, TN 56498, 04/29/2010, Order No. 10-0324-03, Commission approval to allow conversion of the facility to the GWF Henrietta Combined-Cycle Power Plant.
- Order Approving Transfer of Operational Control to Star West Generation Management Company, TN 202594, 06/25/2014, Order No. 14-0618-01d, Commission approval to transfer of operational control from GWF Energy, LLC to Star West Generation Management Company.
- Order Approving a Petition for the Revocation of the 2010 Amended Final Decision and Reinstatement of Original 2002 Certification, TN 203380, 11/26/2014, Order No. 14-1117-05, Commission approval revoking the 2010 Amended Final Decision for the GWF Henrietta Combined-Cycle Power Plant, and the reinstatement of the original 2002 certification.
- Order Approving Transfer of Ownership to AltaGas San Joaquin Energy Inc. and Operational Control to AltaGas Tracy Operations Inc., TN 211149, 04/20/2016, Order No. 16-0413-01c, Commission approval to transfer ownership from GWF Energy, LLC to AltaGas San Joaquin Energy Inc., and operational control to AltaGas Tracy Operations Inc.
- Notice of Staff Approval to Change Operational Control, TN 227202, 03-01-2019, Staff approval of request to change operational control of the facility to MRP San Joaquin Energy LLC.
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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.