Mountainview Power Plant Project

Docket Number:

00-AFC-02 (Application For Certification)
00-AFC-02C (Compliance Proceeding)

Project Status: Licensed; In Compliance Phase. Operational: Unit 3: December 9, 2005
Unit 4: Janaury 19, 2006

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:

Michal C. Moore, Commissioner, Presiding Member

Robert Pernell, Commissioner, Associate Member


Hearing Officer: Garret Shean

Key Dates

  • 2/1/2000 - Application For Certification (AFC) filed by Thermo Ecotek.
  • 3/15/2000 - Commission to consider data adequacy of AFC.
  • 5/17/2000 - Commission finds the AFC to be Data Adequate.
  • 10/20/2000 - Staff assessment of proposed project.
  • 2/7/2001 - Presiding Member's Proposed Decision on project.
  • March 21, 2001 - Commission approves Application For Certification.
  • December 9, 2005 - Unit 3 on line and producing power.
  • January 19, 2006 - Unit 4 on line and producing power.


Mountainview Power Plant Project is a 1,056 megawatt power plant project proposed for San Bernardino County. The original project proponent was Thermo Ecotek and the Application For Certification was filed with the Commission on February 1, 2000. AES then purchased the power from Thermo Ecotek.

In April 2003, Intergen (a Shell-Bechtel venture) purchased the Mountainview Project from AES. Ownership of Mountainview Power LLC, later changed hands to Southern California Edison.

AES started construction September 2001, it was suspended, but SCE recommenced in March 2004.

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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