Tracy Peaker Plant

Docket Number:

01-AFC-16 (Application For Certification)
01-AFC-16C (Compliance Proceeding)

Project Status: Licensed; In Compliance Phase.
Operational: June 1, 2003

The California Energy Commission approved this project's Application For Certification on July 17, 2002. The Commission monitors the power plant's construction, operation and eventual decommissioning through a compliance proceeding.

Key Dates


On July 17, 2002, the California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) issued a license to GWF Energy LLC (GWF) to construct and operate the Tracy Peaker Plant (TPP), a nominal 169-megawatt simple-cycle power plant located in unincorporated San Joaquin County, immediately southwest of the City of Tracy and approximately 20 miles southwest of Stockton. The TPP began commercial operation in 2003.

The nine-acre project site is contained within a larger 40-acre parcel, which is zoned AG-40 (i.e., agriculture with minimum 40-acre lot size). The site itself is fallow agricultural land bounded by the Delta-Mendota Canal to the southwest, agricultural land to the south and east, and Union Pacific Railroad tracks to the north. Immediately north of the Railroad tracks are the Owens-Brockway glass container manufacturing plant and the Nutting-Rice warehouse. The Tracy Biomass power plant is approximately 0.6 miles to the northwest.

On March 24, 2010, the Energy Commission issued another license to GWF to convert the existing TPP into the GWF Tracy Combined Cycle Power Plant (GWF Tracy)(08-AFC-7C) which began operation in 2012.

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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California Energy Commission
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