High Desert Power Plant Project

Docket Number:

97-AFC-01 (Application For Certification)
97-AFC-1C (C1) (Complaint Proceeding)

Project Status:
Licensed; In Compliance Phase. Operational: April 22, 2003.
2015 Amendment; In Review.

The California Energy Commission approved this project's Application for Certification on May 3, 2000. The Commission monitors the power plant's construction, operation and eventual decommissioning through a compliance proceeding.

Committee overseeing 2015 Amendment Proceeding:

Karen Douglas, Commissioner, Presiding Member

Janea Scott, Commissioner, Associate Member


Hearing Officer: Susan Cochran

Committee that oversaw Original Licensing Proceeding:

Robert A. Laurie, Commissioner, Presiding Member

William J. Keese, Chairman, Associate Member


Hearing Officer: Stanley Valkosky

Key Dates

  • June 30, 1997 - Application For Certification (AFC) filed.
  • December 3, 1997 - AFC deemed adequate.
  • May 15, 1998 - Staff file draft Preliminary Staff Assessment.
  • June 20, 1998 - Mojave Desert AQMD filed Preliminary Determination of Compliance.
  • July 8, 1998 - Applicant notified Energy Commission that it would no longer pursue simple cycle project configuration.
  • September 24, 1998 - Staff will file Revised Preliminary Staff Assessment.
  • October 1, 1998 - Mojave Desert AQMD will file Revised Preliminary Determination of Compliance.
  • January 21, 1999 - Staff file Staff Assessment.
  • May 3, 2000 - Commission Approves High Desert Plant.
  • November 9, 2001 - Chairman of Commission issues Notice of Complaint Proceeding.
  • April 22, 2003 - Power plant on line and producing power.
  • October 30, 2015 - Petition to Modify to Drought-Proof the Project


On March 5, 1997 the High Desert Power Project, Limited Liability Company (LLC) received an exemption from filing a Notice of Intention (Docket 97-SIT-1), which allowed the applicant to file an Application for Certification (AFC) for the project. On June 30, 1997, the applicant filed an AFC with the Energy Commission to construct and operate the High Desert Power Project (Docket 97-AFC-1). The project's co-sponsors are Constellation Power Development Baltimore, Maryland, and Inland Energy of Newport Beach, California. The applicant proposes to develop a 680 to 720 megawatt natural gas-fired merchant power plant on a 25 acre site on a portion of the Southern California International Airport (SCIA), formerly George Air Force Base, located within the northwest corner of the city of Victorville. More information about the project is contained in our Project Fact Sheet.

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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