- Docket Number
- 320 MW
- Kern County
- Simple Cycle
- Project Status
- Operational (Natural Gas-Fired)
- Project Type
- Application for Certification
The Sunrise Power Project (Sunrise) is located at 12857 Sunrise Power Road in Fellows, Kern County, California, approximately 35 miles southwest of Bakersfield, and one mile southwest of the intersection of State Route 33 and Shale Road. Sunrise was certified by the Energy Commission (CEC) On December 6, 2000 and the facility began operation on June 26, 2001.
Sunrise was developed as a 320 megawatt (MW) simple-cycle, natural gas-fired power plant. The project included two duct-fired heat recovery steam generators, one 265 MW steam turbine generator, an anhydrous ammonia selective catalytic reduction system to control air emissions, an evaporative condenser cooling tower system, a 15.5 mile water line, an expansion of the existing power plant site, and injection wells for wastewater disposal.
On November 19, 2001, the CEC approved a petition (TN 23190) allowing the expansion of Sunrise to a 585 MW combined-cycle power plant. In accordance with Executive Order D-25-01 of Governor (Gray Davis) of the State of California, dated February 8, 2001, the petition was processed as a project amendment rather than as a new application for certification. Construction on the project commenced on December 21, 2001, and the newly reconfigured combined-cycle plant commenced operation in June 1, 2003.
Sunrise was formerly owned by a 50-50 partnership consisting of Edison Mission Energy (EME) and Chevron. NRG acquired 100% of Sunrise in May 2014 when it acquired all EME’s assets and Chevron’s share.
On April 12, 2021, Sunrise Power Company, LLC submitted a “hot gas path” petition with the CEC to upgrade the facility, including turbine upgrades and controls for an increased output of 635 MW.
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.