- Docket Number
- 578 MW
- Sutter County
- Simple Cycle
- Project Status
- Operational (Natural Gas-Fired)
- Project Type
- Application for Certification
The Sutter Energy Center (SEC) is located approximately 7 miles southwest of Yuba City, Sutter County, along South Township Road in a rural area that is surrounded by orchards to the east and rice fields to the west.
SEC was licensed as the Sutter Power Project. Subsequently the facility name changed to Sutter Energy Center. SEC is a combined-cycle, natural gas-fired 578-megawatt (MW) facility consisting of two combustion turbine generators, two heat recovery steam generators with duct burners, and a steam turbine generator.
SEC is inter-connected with the Western Area Power Administration’s 230-kilovolt (kV) transmission system at the O’Banion Substation, which is located approximately 2.3 miles southwest of the SEC site via an aboveground, 3.9-mile-long, 230 kV generator tie-line.
Adjacent and to the east of SEC is a 49.5 MW cogeneration facility called Greenleaf Unit 1 (owned by Starwood Energy Group) that is permitted by Sutter County and operated separately from SEC.
Sutter Energy Center went into cold layup in 2016 and subsequently restarted operations in 2019.
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.