- Docket Number
- 130 MW
- Monterey County
- Simple Cycle
- Project Status
- Operational (Natural Gas-Fired)
- Project Type
- Application for Certification
The King City Cogeneration (KCC) project is located in the city of King City, Monterey County amongst the rich farmland in the Salinas Valley. Primary access to the KCC site is provided via the Metz Road, at a juncture with SR 101. The driveway access to the plant is off Metz Road.
KCC is a nominal 130-megawatt (MW) natural gas-fired power plant consisting of one 85.7 MW electrical output “Frame 7” combustion turbine generator, one 37.6 MW steam turbine generator, two auxiliary boilers, and one heat recovery steam generator. The project uses a three-cell counter flow cooling tower, a selective catalytic reduction NOx control system, and an ammonia injection system.
On April 10, 2019, the California Energy Commission approved a Post-Certification Amendment (TN 227637) for the removal of condition of certification Engineering-1 from the 1987 Final Commission Decision, which was included to ensure that the facility met specific efficiency requirements as a cogeneration facility as well as operational requirements as a qualifying facility under its power purchase agreement and the law in effect at that time. The removal of condition of certification Engineering-1 eliminated the requirement that the facility produce thermal energy for a steam host in addition to electrical energy, consistent with the facility's intended operations in 2019 and with subsequent changes in California law.
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.