For Immediate Release: February 25, 2009
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989


Small power plant exemption granted for Riverside power plant project

Sacramento -- By a vote of 3-0, the California Energy Commission today granted a small power plant exemption (SPPE) to the City of Riverside.

The city may now proceed in obtaining local permits for its project to add two generators to the 95-MW city owned Riverside Energy Resource Center (RERC).

The permits will be based on the environmental and engineering analyses in the Presiding Member's Proposed Decision (PMPD) on the RERC Units 3 & 4 Power Plant project. This document, released on January 28, 2009, recommended the exemption.

The PMPD said the 96-MW project would pose no significant environmental impacts and it is eligible by law for an SPPE.

The proposed decision also concurred with staff's Final Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration on the planned facility and said these documents were prepared in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and all applicable Commission and state guidelines.

If a power plant proposal is between 50 and 100 megawatts, the Commission may exempt it from its yearlong review process under an SPPE. However, the Commission must first find that a proposed plant would result in no substantial adverse impacts to the environment or energy resources.

With an SPPE, an applicant will be responsible for obtaining all necessary local, state, and federal permits to build and operate a proposed power plant. Local and state agencies would use the Energy Commission's environmental document (the Final Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration) when issuing their respective permits in line with CEQA.

More information about the Riverside Energy Center Units 3 & 4 Power Plant project is available at:

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