Project Owner
Wildflower Energy
Docket Number
135 MW
Riverside County
Simple Cycle
Project Status
Operational (Natural Gas-Fired)
Project Type
Emergency Peaker
Project Description

The Wildflower’s Indigo Energy Facility (IEF) is located in North Palm Springs, one-half mile northwest of the Indian Avenue interchange with I-10 in the City of Palm Springs, Riverside County, near the intersection of 19th and Indian Avenues in an area dominated by wind turbines.

IEF is a nominal 135-megawatt (MW), simple-cycle, natural gas-fired facility consisting of three General Electric LM6000 Enhanced Sprint gas turbine engines, each nominally rated at 45 MW. It utilizes selective catalytic reduction and carbon monoxide (CO) oxidation catalyst systems to control emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and CO.

IEF was reviewed under Public Resources Code section 25705, which granted the California Energy Commission (CEC) emergency permitting authority, and Executive Order D-26-01, issued February 8, 2001 and Executive Order D-28-01 issued on March 7, 2001. In Executive Order D-26-01 and D-28-01, the Governor ordered the CEC and other relevant state and local agencies to expedite review of proposed thermal power plants for construction and operation on an emergency basis by September 30, 2001. The Governor also declared that these projects were emergency projects under Public Resources Code section 21080(b)(4) and are thereby exempt from the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

The CEC Final Decision included a provision that would allow for the certification to be extended for the life of the project, provided that the conditions of certification were current and in compliance, the project was permanent in nature, and air emission credits were in place. On April 11, 2012, the Energy Commission approved the extension (TN 64740) of the Indigo Energy Facility for the life of the facility, until such time that it ceases operations and commences permanent closure activities.

  • Order Approving Transfer of Operator to DGC Operations, LLC., TN 32605, 10/26/2004, Commission approval of operator transfer to DGC Operations, LLC.
  • Order Affirming Extension of Operational Licenses, TN 64740, 04/13/2012, Order No. 12-0411-05, Commission approval of authority to operate extension pursuant to the terms and conditions of their certifications for the life of the project.

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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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