Tracy Peaker Power Plant Project
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.
Committee that oversaw Original Licensing Proceeding:
Robert Pernell, Commissioner, Presiding Member
Robert A. Laurie, Commissioner, Associate Member
Hearing Officer: Cheryl Tompkin
- 8/16/2001 - Applicant files Application For Certification (AFC).
- 10/17/2001 - AFC determined to be "data adequate."
- 12/28/2001 - Staff Assessment of Tracy Peaker Project released.
- 5/31/2002 - Presiding Member's Proposed Decision released.
- 7/17/2002 - Project is approved by Energy Commission.
- 6/1/2003 - Power plant on line and producing power.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT
GWF Energy LLC (GWF) is seeking approval of an Application for Certification from the California Energy Commission for the construction and operation of the Tracy Peaker Project. GWF proposes to build and operate the project, a nominal 169- megawatt (MW), simple-cycle power plant, on a 10.3-acre fenced site within a 40-acre parcel in an unincorporated portion of San Joaquin County.
The property is bounded by the Delta-Mendota Canal to the southwest, agricultural property to the south and east, and the Union Pacific Railroad to the north. Immediately north of the railroad 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.
The project would consist of the power plant, an onsite 230-kilovolt (kV) switchyard, an onsite natural gas supply interconnection, an approximately 1,470-foot water supply pipeline (as measured from the fence line), and improvements to an existing dirt access road approximately one mile in length.
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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