Border - CalPeak
Emergency Peaker Project

Docket Number:

01-EP-14 (Application For Certification)
01-EP-14C (Compliance Proceeding)

Project Status: Licensed; In Compliance Phase.
Operational: October 26, 2001

Applicant: CalPeak Power

Location: Otay Mesa, San Diego County

Size: 49.5 Megawatt Peaking Power Plant

Key Dates

  • June 14, 2001 - Small Power Plant Exemption (EP) filed
  • June 14, 2001 - Commission accepts EP as "data adequate."
  • July 11, 2001 - Commission approves Small Power Plant Exemption.
  • October 26, 2001 - Power plant on line and producing power.


CalPeak Power - Border, LLC proposes to construct a simple-cycle peaking electric generation facility consisting of one FT8 Pratt & Whitney Twinpac, with two gas turbine engines and one 49.5 megawatt generator. Called the CalPeak Power - Border, LLC Project, it is proposed to be located in the Otay Mesa area of the City of San Diego, San Diego County, California.

Full Project Description

Small Power Plant Exemption Evaluation Process

The SPPE process allows projects between 50 and 100 MW to proceed with local approval rather than requiring an Energy Commission license. This exemption from the Energy Commission licensing process can be applied to projects that would not create a substantial adverse impact on the environment or energy resources. The Energy Commission acts as the lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and will prepare an Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration that examines public health and safety, along with environmental impacts of the proposed project, including all related facilities such as electric transmission lines, natural gas and water pipelines. If the exemption is granted, the applicant would still need to secure the appropriate licenses and permits from relevant local, state, and federal agencies.

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Joe Douglas
Compliance Project Manager
Siting, Transmission and Environmental Protection (STEP) Division
California Energy Commission
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Phone: 916-653-4677

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