Riverside Energy Resource Center
Units 3 & 4 Power Plant

Docket Number:

08-SPPE-01 (Application For Certification)
08-SPPE-1C (Compliance Proceeding)

Project Status: Licensed; In Compliance Phase. Operational: November 2011

The California Energy Commission approved this project's Application for Certification on February 25, 2009. 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

James D. Boyd, Vice Chair, Associate Member


Hearing Officer: Raoul Renaud

Key Dates

  • 3/19/08 - Small Power Plant Exemption (SPPE) application filed with California Energy Commission
  • 5/30/08 - Energy Commission accepts application as eligible for SPPE.
  • 11/12/08 - Energy Commission staff releases its Draft Initial Study.
  • 12/22/08 - Energy Commission staff releases its Final Initial Study.
  • 1/28/09 - Committee releases its Proposed Small Power Plant Exemption Decision
  • 2/25/09 - Energy Commission grants Small Power Plant Exemption License
  • 11/2011 - Power plant on line and producing power.


The city of Riverside filed a Small Power Plant Exemption (SPPE) application for its Riverside Energy Resource Center Units 3 & 4 project on March 19, 2008. This proposed gas-fired peaking project has a capacity of approximately 95 megawatts (MW). It is an expansion of the original Riverside Energy Center, an existing 96 MW peaking facility (Docket # 04-SPPE-1) granted a small power plant exemption by the Commission in 2004, which began operating in June 2006. The project will use recycled water for cooling which will be supplied from the city's adjacent wastewater treatment plant.

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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