- Docket Number
- 600 MW
- Alameda County
- Simple Cycle
- Project Status
- Operational (Natural Gas-Fired)
- Project Type
- Application for Certification
The Russell City Energy Center (RCEC) is located in the City of Hayward in Alameda County.
The RCEC is an approximately 600-megawatt natural gas-fired, wet cooled, combined cycle electric generating facility consisting of two Siemens Westinghouse “F-class” combustion turbine generators equipped with dry, low oxides of nitrogen(NOx) combustors and steam injection capability; two heat recovery steam generators; a single condensing steam turbine-generator; a de-aerating surface condenser; a mechanical draft hybrid, (wet/dry) plume-abated cooling tower; and support equipment. To control emissions of air pollutants, RCEC will have gas turbines with dry, low nitrogen oxide (NOx) burners. The units will use the best available control technology (BACT) including selective catalytic reduction (SCR) for control of NOx.
RCEC received two extensions on the start of construction deadline. The CEC approved extensions from September 10, 2007 to September 10, 2008 (TN 42166) and from September 10, 2008 to September 10, 2010 (TN 47329).
On September 26, 2007, the California Energy Commission (CEC) approved a Post-Certification Amendment (PCA) (TN 42598) to move the project facilities approximately 1,300 feet north and west of the approved location; adding ZLD facility; adding Title 22 recycled water facility; removing advanced water treatment facility and standby generator; relocating up to 1,000 fee of transmission line route; new natural gas pipeline route, new construction laydown/parking.
On February 20, 2019, the CEC approved a Post-Certification Amendment for the installation of a battery energy storage system (BESS) approximately 6 to 10 megawatts (MW). The BESS is in response to the California Independent System Operator selection of the facility to provide Black Start service.
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.