Rulemaking to Improve the Commission’s Process for Reviewing Amendments to Power Plant Licenses Under Title 20 Section 1769 and Revisions to Recently Updated Title 20 Process and Procedure Regulations

Docket # 17-OIR-02

Karen Douglas, Lead Commissioner

This rulemaking addresses four distinct areas of the commission’s title 20 regulations. The first part encompasses refinements to the regulatory language changes which were developed under the comprehensive 2015 process and procedure updates under docket 15-OIR-01. With the updated language now in practice, real world experience has resulted in the identification of text where language refinements will improve the regulations. Grammatical changes have also been made for consistency within the regulations.

The second part of the rulemaking restructures the regulations so that the small power plant exemption process is no longer partially spread between the 1700s and 1900s but contained within the 1900s. While there are no substantive changes, consolidating the process in one article will make following the small power plant process easier.

The third part of the rulemaking amends or repeals sections 2301 to 2309 which are obsolete and addressed through the commission’s certified regulatory program or the California Environmental Quality Act Guidelines, California Code of Regulations Title 14, Chapter 3.

The fourth part of this rulemaking amends sections 1708, 1769 and adds 1769.1. Section 1708 explains the statutory processing fee the commission charges power plant owners for the processing of amendments. The changes to 1769 and the addition of 1769.1 update how power plant facility amendments are reviewed and approved. The language provides more flexibility and efficiency for the review and approval of certain types of amendments that would not impact the environment. The language also creates a subset of amendments that commission staff and the project owner can jointly initiate.

For more information contact:

Chester Hong
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-14
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 654-3951