Kings River Peaking Power Plant

Docket Number:

03-SPPE-02 (Application For Certification)
03-SPPE-2C (Compliance Proceeding)

Project Status: Licensed; In Compliance Phase. Operational: September 19, 2005

The California Energy Commission approved this project's Application for Certification on May 19, 2004. The Commission monitors the power plant's construction, operation and eventual decommissioning through a compliance proceeding.

Committee that oversaw Original Licensing Proceeding:

Karen Douglas, Chairman, Presiding Member

Julia Levin, Commissioner, Associate Member


Hearing Officer: Major Williams

Key Dates

  • November 26, 2003 - Applicant files application for Small Power Plant Exemption (SPPE).
  • December 17, 2003 - Commission begins formal licensing process.
  • March 11, 2004 - Commission staff issue their Initial Study.
  • April 15, 2004 - Project Committee issues its Proposed Small Power Plant Exemption Decision.
  • May 19, 2004 - Project approved by Commission.
  • September 19, 2005 - Power plant on line and producing power.


On November 26, 2003, the Kings Rivers Conservation District filed a Small Power Plant Exemption for the King River Conservation District Peaking Power Plant. The proposed 97-megawatt natural gas-fired plant will be located south of the City of Fresno and near the community of Malaga in Fresno County.

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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