- Docket Number
- 51 MW
- Solano County
- Simple Cycle
- Project Status
- Operational (Natural Gas-Fired)
- Project Type
- Application for Certification
The Valero Cogeneration Project (VCP) is located at the Valero Benicia Refinery, within the City of Benicia, Solano County.
VCP was approved by California Energy Commission as a nominal 102-megawatt (MW) cogeneration power plant that was certified under a 4-month, expedited review process to be built in two 51-MW phases. The two-phased facility was approved to include two combustion turbine generators equipped with water injection to control oxides of nitrogen (NOx) emissions and associated support equipment.
Phase I (Unit 1) of the project, a 51 MW generator, was constructed and began commercial operation in October 2002. Construction of Phase 2 of the project, the final 51 MW generator, was never completed and in October, 2007, after having been granted several extension requests, the certification for this phase of the project was allowed to expire at the owner’s request.
- Order Approving a Petition to Extend the On-Line Date for Phase 2, TN 30277, 10/31/2003, Order No. 03-1022-03, Commission approval of an extension of the on-line date for Phase 2 from December 31, 2002, to November 1, 2005.
- Order Approving a Petition to Extend the On-Line Date for Phase 2, TN 35859, 11/09/2005, Order No. 05-1103-07, Commission approval of an extension of the on-line date for Phase 2 from November 1, 2005, to November 1, 2007.
- Order Terminating Certification for Phase II of the Valero Cogeneration Project, TN 43712, 12/11/2007, Order No. 07-1205-08, Commission approval to allow the certification of Phase II to lapse.
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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.