EPA extends construction start deadline for 600-MW Avenal project

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has extended the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permit deadline for commencing construction of the 600-MW Avenal Power Center LLC (APC) project in California.

This is called the Avenal Energy Project (AEP) and is to be located in Kings County, Calif. EPA’s PSD permit for the AEP became effective on Aug. 18, 2011, and included a deadline for commencing construction of Feb. 18, 2013. Prior to Feb. 18, 2013, APC requested an 18-month extension of the deadline. EPA said in a notice to be published in the July 9 Federal Register that it has granted such an extension until Aug. 18, 2014.

Judicial review of this extension decision may be sought by filing a petition for review in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit within 60 days after the Federal Register notice.

The AEP is a new, 600-MW natural gas-fired combined-cycle power plant. In November 2011, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit received petitions for review of EPA’s PSD permit decision for the AEP and that Court of Appeals proceeding is still pending. In June 26 response to APC’s requests to extend the permit, EPA Region 9 determined that a satisfactory showing justifying the extension had been made.

This project is being developed and built, and will be managed by, Macquarie Energy LLC, a subsidiary of Macquarie Group Ltd., said the project website. Macquarie has experience managing energy and utility investments in the U.S. and around the world.

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