Malburg Generating Station (City of Vernon) Power Plant Project

Docket Number:

01-AFC-25 (Application For Certification)
01-AFC-25C (Compliance Proceeding)


Project Status: Licensed; In Compliance Phase. Operational: October 17, 2005.

The California Energy Commission approved this project's Application for Certification on May 20, 2003. The Commission monitors the power plant's construction, operation and eventual decommissioning through a compliance proceeding.



Committee that oversaw Original Licensing Proceeding:

James D. Boyd, Commissioner, Presiding Member

Robert Pernell, Commissioner, Associate Member

 

Hearing Officer: TBA



Key Dates

  • December 21, 2001 - Applicant files Application For Certification (AFC)
  • May 8, 2002 - Commission says AFC is Data Adequate
  • April 11, 2003 - The Presiding Member's Proposed Decision is released
  • May 20, 2003, - Project Approved by Commission
  • May 27, 2003, - Commission Decision Released
  • 10/17/2005 - Power plant on line and producing power.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT

On December 21, 2001, the City of Vernon, California filed an Application for Certification (AFC), for its proposed Malburg Generating Station Combined Cycle Project with the California Energy Commission seeking approval to construct and operate an 134 megawatt (MW) natural gas-fired, combined-cycle electric generating facility. The project constructed, owned, and operated by the City of Vernon, and would become an asset of its Utilities Department for the City's electric system.

The Project would consist of two ALSTOM GTX100 frame-type natural gas combustion turbine-generators (CTGs) with dry low-NOx (DLN) combustors for oxides of nitrogen (NOx) control. The CTGs would each be equipped with evaporative inlet air coolers/filters to enhance turbine performance in hot weather.

If approved by the Commission, the power plant is planned to begin commercial operation during the fourth quarter of 2003 after about a 16-month construction and initial commissioning period.

NOTE: On August 23, 2001, the City of Vernon withdrew an Application for Certification (filed August 2, 2001) for an 80.6 megawatt single-cycle power plant project (Malburg Generating Station Project Phase 1, Commission docket # 01-AFC-11) deciding instead to apply for the combined-cycle facility under the Commission's six-month licensing process.


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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