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A - Ampere

AAL - all aluminum (electricity conductor)

AAQS - Ambient Air Quality Standards

ABAG - Association of Bay Area Governments

AC - alternating current

ACE - Argus Cogeneration Expansion Project - Army Corps of Engineers

ACSR - aluminum covered steel reinforced (electricity conductor)

AFC - Application for Certification

AFY - acre-feet per year

AHM - Acutely Hazardous Materials

ANSI - American National Standards Institute

APCD - Air Pollution Control District

APCO - Air Pollution Control Officer

AQMD - Air Quality Management District

AQMP - Air Quality Management Plan

ARB - (California) Air Resources Board

ARCO - Atlantic Richfield Company

ASAE - American Society of Architectural Engineers

ASHRAE - American Society of Heating Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Engineers

ASME - American Society of Mechanical Engineers

ATC - Authority to Construct

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BAAQMD - Bay Area Air Quality Management District

BACT - Best Available Control Technology

BAF - Basic American Foods

BARCT - Best Available Retrofit Control Technology

bbl - barrel

BCDC - Bay Conservation and Development Commission

BCF - billion cubic feet

Bcfd - billion cubic feet per day

b/d - barrels per day

BLM - Bureau of Land Management

BPA - U.S. Bonneville Power Administration

BR - Biennial Report

Btu - British thermal unit

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CAA - U.S. Clean Air Act

CAAQS - California Ambient Air Quality Standards

CalEPA - California Environmental Protection Agency

CALTRANS - California Department of Transportation

CAPCOA - California Air Pollution Control Officers Association

CARB - California Air Resources Board

CBC - California Building Code

CCAA - California Clean Air Act

CDF - California Department of Forestry

CDFG - California Department of Fish and Game

CEC - California Energy Commission (Please note that the Energy Commission prefers to not use the acronym "CEC" because of possible confusion with other agencies or companies with the same acronym. Use Energy Commission or just Commission instead.) CEERT - Coalition for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies

CEM - continuous emissions monitoring

CEQA - California Environmental Quality Act (pronouced SEE-qwah)

CESA - California Endangered Species Act

CFB - circulating fluidized bed

CFCs - chloro-fluorocarbons

cfm - cubic feet per minute

CFR - Code of Federal Regulations

cfs - cubic feet per second

CLUP - Comprehensive Land Use Plan

CNEL - Community Noise Equivalent Level

CO - carbon monoxide

CO2 - carbon dioxide

COI - California Oregon Intertie

CPCN - Certificate of Public Convenience & Necessity

CPM - Compliance Project Manager

CPUC - California Public Utilities Commission

CT - combustion turbine - current transformer

CTG - combustion turbine generator

CURE - California Unions for Reliable Energy

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dB - decibel

dB(A) - decibel on the A scale

DC - direct current

DCTL - Double Circuit Transmission Line

DEIR - Draft Environmental Impact Report

DEIS - Draft Environmental Impact Statement

DFG - California Department of Fish and Game

DHS - California Department of Health Services

DISCO - Distribution Company

DOC - Determination of Compliance

DOE - U.S. Department of Energy

DSM - demand side management

DTC - Desert Tortoise Council

DWR - (California) Department of Water Resources

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EDF - Environmental Defense Fund

Edison - Southern California Edison Company

EDR - Energy Development Report

EFS&EPD - Energy Facilities Siting and Environmental Protection Division

EIA - U.S. Energy Information Administration (statistical arm of U.S. Department of Energy)

EIR - Environmental Impact Report

EIS - Environmental Impact Statement

ELFIN - Electric Utility Financial and Production Simulation Model

EMF - electric and magnetic fields

EOR - East of River (Colorado River)

EPA - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

EPRI - Electric Power Research Institute

ER - Electricity Report

ERC - emission reduction credit {offset}

ESA - Endangered Species Act (Federal) - Environmental Site Assessment

ETSR - Energy Technologies Status Report

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FAA - Federal Aviation Administration

FBE - Functional Basis Earthquake

FCAA - Federal Clean Air Act

FCC - Federal Communications Commission

FEIR - Final Environmental Impact Report

FIP - Federal Implementation Plan

FONSI - Finding of No-Significant Impact

FERC - Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

FSA - Final Staff Assessment

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GEP - good engineering practice

GIS - gas insulated switchgear - geographic information system

gpd - gallons per day

gpm - gallons per minute

GW - gigawatt

GWh - gigawatt hour

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H2S - hydrogen sulfide

HCP - habitat conservation plan

HHV - higher heating value

HRA - Health Risk Assessment

HRSG - heat recovery steam generator

HV - high voltage

HVAC - heating, ventilating and air conditioning

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IAR - Issues and Alternatives Report

IEA - International Energy Agency

IEEE - Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers

IID - Imperial Irrigation District

IIR - Issues Identification Report

IOU - Investor-Owned Utility

IS - Initial Study

ISO - Independent System Operator

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JES - Joint Environmental Statemen


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KCAPCD - Kern County Air Pollution Control District

KCM - thousand circular mils (also KCmil) (electricity conductor)

KGRA - known geotheral resource area

km - kilometer

KOP - key observation point

KRCC - Kern River Cogeneration Company

kV - kilovolt

KVAR - kilovolt-ampere reactive

kW - kilowatt

kWe - kilowatt, electric

kWh - kilowatt hour

kWp - peak kilowatt

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LADWP - Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

LAER - Lowest Achievable Emission Rate

lbs - pounds

lbs/hr - pounds per hour

lbs/MMBtu - pounds per million British thermal units

LCAQMD - Lake County Air Quality Management District

LMUD - Lassen Municipal Utility District

LORS - laws, ordinances, regulations and standards

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m (M) - meter, million, mega, milli or thousand

MBUAPCD - Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District

MCE - maximum credible earthquake

MCF - thousand cubic feet

MCL - Maximum Containment Level

MCM - thousand circular mil (electricity conductor)

g/m3 - micro grams (10-6 grams) per cubic meter

MEID - Merced Irrigation District

MG - milli gauss

mgd - million gallons per day

MID - Modesto Irrigation District

MOU - Memorandum of Understanding

MPE - maximum probable earthquake

m/s - meters per second

MS - Mail Station

MVAR - megavolt-ampere reactive

MW - megawatt (million watts)

MWA - Mojave Water Agency

MWD - Metropolitan Water District

MWh - megawatt hour

MWp - peak megawatt

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N-1 - one transmission circuit out

N-2 - two transmission circuits out

NAAQS - National Ambient Air Quality Standards

NCPA - Northern California Power Agency

NEPA - National Environmental Policy Act (federal "equivalent" of CEQA)

NERC - National Electric Reliability Council

NESHAPS - National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants

NMHC - nonmethane hydrocarbons

NO - nitrogen oxide

NOI - Notice of Intention

NOL - North of Lugo

NOx - nitrogen oxides

NO2 - nitrogen dioxide

NOP - Notice of Preparation (of EIR)

NOV - Notice of Violation

NRDC - Natural Resources Defense Council

NSCAPCD - Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District

NSPS - New Source Performance Standards

NSR - New Source Review

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O3 - Ozone

OASIS - Open Access Same-Time Information System

OCB - oil circuit breaker

OCSG - Operating Capability Study Group

O&M - operation and maintenance

OSB - Oversight Board

OSHA - Occupational Safety and Health Administration (or Act)

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PG&E - Pacific Gas & Electric Company

PDCI - Pacific DC Intertie

PHC(S) - Prehearing Conference (Statement)

PIFUA - Federal Powerplant & Industrial Fuel Use Act of 1978

PM - Project Manager - particulate matter

PM10 - particulate matter 10 microns and smaller in diameter

PM2.5 - particulate matter 2.5 microns and smaller in diameter

ppb - parts per billion

ppm - parts per million

ppmvd - parts per million by volume, dry

ppt - parts per thousand

PRC - California Public Resources Code

PSD - Prevention of Significant Deterioration

PSRC - Plumas Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative

PT - potential transformer

PTO - Permit to Operate

PU - per unit

PUC - (California) Public Utilities Commission

PURPA - Federal Public Utilities Regulatory Policy Act of 1978

PV - Palo Verde - photovoltaic

PX - Power Exchange

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QA/QC - Quality Assurance/Quality Control

QF - Qualifying Facility

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RACT - Reasonably Available Control Technology

RDF - refuse derived fuel

ROC - Report of Conversation - reactive organic compounds

ROG - reactive organic gas

ROW - right of way

RWQCB - Regional Water Quality Control Board

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SACOG - Sacramento Area Council of Governments

SANBAG - San Bernardino Association of Governments

SANDAG - San Diego Association of Governments

SANDER - San Diego Energy Recovery Project

SB - Senate Bill

SCAB - South Coast Air Basin

SEGS - Solar Electric Generating Station

SCAG - Southern California Association of Governments

SCAQMD - South Coast Air Quality Management District

SCE - Southern California Edison Company

SCFM - standard cubic feet per minute

SCH - State Clearing House

SCIT - Southern California Import Transmission

SCR - Selective Catalytic Reduction

SCTL - single circuit transmission line

SDCAPCD - San Diego County Air Pollution Control District

SDG&E - San Diego Gas & Electric Company

SEPCO - Sacramento Ethanol and Power Cogeneration Project

SIC - Standard industrial classification

SIP - State Implementation Plan

SJVAB - San Joaquin Valley Air Basin

SJVAQMD - San Joaquin Valley Air Quality Management District

SMAQMD - Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District

SMUD - Sacramento Municipal Utility District

SMUDGEO - SMUD Geothermal

SNCR - Selective Noncatalytic Reduction

SNG - Synthetic Natural Gas

SO2 - sulfur dioxide

SOx - sulfur oxides

SO4 - sulfates

SoCAL - Southern California Gas Company

SONGS - San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station

SPP - Sierra Pacific Power

STIG - steam injected gas turbine

SWP - State Water Project

SWRCB - State Water Resources Control Board

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TAC - Toxic Air Contaminant

TBtu - trillion Btu

TCF - trillion cubic feet

TCM - transportation control measure

TDS - total dissolved solids

TE - transmission engineering

TEOR - Thermally Enhanced Oil Recovery

TID - Turlock Irrigation District

TL - transmission line or lines

T-Line - transmission line

TOG - total organic gases

TPD - tons per day

TPY - tons per year

TS&N - Transmission Safety and Nuisance

TSE - Transmission System Engineering

TSIN - Transmission Services Information Network

TSP - total suspended particulate matter

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UBC - Uniform Building Code

UDC - Utility Displacement Credits

UDF - Utility Displacement Factor

UEG - Utility Electric Generator

USC(A) - United States Code (Annotated)

USCOE - U.S. Corps of Engineers

USEPA - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

USFS - U.S. Forest Service

USFWS - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

USGS - U.S. Geological Survey

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VCAPCD - Ventura County Air Pollution Control District

VOC - volatile organic compounds

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W - Watt

WAA - Warren-Alquist Act

WAPA - Western Area Power Authority

WEPEX - Western Energy Power Exchange

WICF - Western Interconnection Forum

WIEB - Western Interstate Energy Board

WOR - West of River (Colorado River)

WRTA - Western Region Transmission Association

WSCC - Western System Coordination Council

WSPP - Western System Power Pool

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