Pastoria Energy Facility Power Plant Project

Docket Number:

99-AFC-07 (Application For Certification)
99-AFC-7C (Compliance Proceeding)

Project Status: Licensed; In Compliance Phase. Operational:Unit 1: May 4, 2005
Unit 2 & 3: July 5, 2005

The California Energy Commission approved this project's Application for Certification on December 20, 2000. The Commission monitors the power plant's construction, operation and eventual decommissioning through a compliance proceeding.

Committee that oversaw Original Licensing Proceeding:

Robert A. Laurie, Commissioner, Presiding Member

James D. Boyd, Commissioner, Associate Member


Hearing Officer: Susan Gefter

Key Dates

  • January 25, 1999 - Pastoria Power Project LLC files petition for jurisdictional determination for a Notice of Intention exemption.
  • March 17, 1999 - Commission adopts Committee Decision granting exemption to Notice of Intention.
  • November 30, 1999 - Application For Certification (AFC) filed with Energy Commission.
  • January 12, 2000 - Energy Commission deems AFC Data Inadequate.
  • January 26, 2000 - Energy Commission determines AFC Data Adequate in Second Data Adequacy Determination.
  • November 17, 2000 - Presiding Member's Proposed Decision released.
  • December 20, 2000 - Energy Commission certifies the application and grants the license for the Pastoria Power Project.
  • May 4, 2005 - Unit 1 on line and producing power.
  • July 5, 2005 - Unit 2 & 3 on line and producing power.


On November 30, 1999, Enron North America Corporation filed an Application for Certification (AFC) seeking approval from the California Energy Commission to construct and operate the proposed 750-megawatt Pastoria Energy Facility. The electric generation facility will operate in combined cycle mode burning natural gas. The project will also include the construction and operation of ancillary facilities including water supply lines, a natural gas pipeline, an electric transmission line to connect with the grid, and wastewater disposal facilities. The project is proposed to be located on 30 acres at the Tejon Ranch. The ranch is located about 30 miles south of Bakersfield and about 6.5 miles east of Interstate 5 near the base of the Tehachapi Mountains.

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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