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

The Orange Grove Energy Center (OGEC) peaker power plant is located near State Route 76 (SR-76) in unincorporated San Diego County approximately three miles east of Interstate 15 near the community of Pala.

OGEC is a nominal 99.6-megawatt natural gas-fired, simple-cycle facility consisting of two identical simple-cycle natural gas fired General Electric LM6000 PC SPRINT spray-intercooled combustion turbine generators (Units 1 and 2), inlet air chiller cooling tower, chilled water system package, 0.3-mile underground transmission line from the project to the Pala Substation, a 10-inch 2.4-mile natural gas pipeline connected to the San Diego Gas and Electric main gas line, a 100,000 gallon demineralized storage tank, and a 414 gallon recycled water storage tank. Project emissions are controlled with a carbon monoxide emission oxidation catalyst as well as an aqueous ammonia Selective Catalytic Reduction system that reduces emissions.

  • Order Approving Modifications to Air Quality Conditions of Certification, TN 64589, 04/04/2012, Order No. 12-0314-01m, Commission approval to allow OGEP to comply with San Diego County Air Pollution Control District's (SDAPCD) staff recommended changes to the Authority to Construct conditions, and to provide clarification on averaging periods and monitoring requirements for the continuous emission monitoring system (CEMs). 
  • Order Approving Modifications to Air Quality Conditions of Certification, TN 212333, 07/18/2016, Order No. 16-0713-03, Commission approval to revise Air Quality conditions of certification to restore worn parts of the emission control system and optimize design of system components using like-kind part replacement. 
  • Statement of Staff Approval.  TN 240057, 10/13/2021, Staff approval to modify Air Quality conditions to allow for short term temporary turbine replacement.

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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.

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