Blythe Energy Power Plant Project

Docket Number:

99-AFC-08 (Application For Certification)
99-AFC-8C (Compliance Proceeding)
98-SIT-2 (NOI Exemption Proceeding)

Project Status: Licensed; In Compliance Phase. Operational: July 15, 2003.

The California Energy Commission approved this project's Application for Certification on March 21, 2001. The Commission monitors the power plant's construction, operation and eventual decommissioning through a compliance proceeding.

Committee that oversaw Original Licensing Proceeding:

John L. Geesman, Commissioner, Presiding Member

James D. Boyd, Commissioner, Associate Member


Hearing Officer: Ed Bouillon

Key Dates

  • July 22, 1998 - Blythe Energy, LLC files petition requesting a exemption from the requirement to file a Notice of Intention (NOI) for construction of a power plant in California.
  • December 9, 1999 - Application For Certification filed.
  • January 26, 2000 - Commissioners found the Application for Certification (AFC) data inadequate.
  • February 18, 2000 - Applicant filed supplemental information to (AFC) seeking data adequacy.
  • March 22, 2000 - Data adequacy determination before full Commission.
  • September 5, 2000 - Preliminary Staff Assessment released.
  • November 13, 2000 - Final Staff Assessment released.
  • February 20, 2001 - Presiding Members Proposed Decision released.
  • March 21, 2001 - Commission approves Application For Certification.
  • July 15, 2003 - Power plant on line and producing power.


The project as proposed by Blythe Energy, LLC is a 520 megawatt, base-load, combined-cycle power plant proposed to be built in the City of Blythe, California. The plant is expected to cost $250 million, and the company filed its Application For Certification to the Energy Commission on December 9, 1999.

Note the proceeding to handle the Transmission Line Modification to 99-AFC-8C has been moved to a new section:

Energy Commission Facility Certification Process

The California Energy Commission is the lead agency (for licensing thermal power plants 50 megawatts and larger) under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and has a certified regulatory program under CEQA. Under its certified program, the Energy Commission is exempt from having to prepare an environmental impact report. Its certified program, however, does require environmental analysis of the project, including an analysis of alternatives and mitigation measures to minimize any significant adverse effect the project may have on the environment.

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