Alliance Century Energy
Emergency Peaker Project

Docket Number:

01-EP-04 (Application For Certification)
01-EP-04C (Compliance Proceeding)

Project Status: Licensed; In Compliance Phase.
Operational: September 15, 2001

Applicant: Alliance Colton

Location: Colton, San Bernardino County

Size: 40 Megawatt Peaking Power Plant

Key Dates

  • March 21, 2001 - Small Power Plant Exemption (EP) filed
  • April 6, 2001 - Commission accepts EP as "data adequate."
  • April 25, 2001 - Commission approves Small Power Plant Exemption.
  • September 15, 2001 - Power plant on line and producing power.


Alliance Colton LLC is submitting permit applications to the California Energy Commission (CEC) for two peaking power generation facilities to be constructed in the City of Colton, California. The electrical output of each of the facilities is 40 megawatts. Each project is a distributed generation facility that consists of four, 10-MW simple-cycle, gas turbine generators located within existing City of Colton electrical substations. The Century Project is at the Century substation. The units are almost entirely prepackaged at the factory and shipped to the facility site on skids where minimal field construction is required.

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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Anwar Ali
Project Manager
Siting, Transmission and Environmental Protection (STEP) Division
California Energy Commission
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Sacramento, CA 95814
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