FERC rejects permit app on 2,000-MW California project

Saying the company hadn’t done enough to justify one, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on July 16 rejected JD Products LLC for a successive preliminary permit on a 2,000-MW offshore power project in California.

On Oct. 1, 2013, JD Products filed this application so it could continue, exclusively, to study the feasibility of the proposed San Onofre Electricity Farm Project, to be located offshore near the towns of San Onofre and San Clemente in San Diego County, Calif. The proposed project would occupy approximately 6 square miles in the Pacific Ocean, including portions of the San Onofre California State Park and the U.S. Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton.

The proposed project would consist of up to 1,314 generating units of an experimental hydrokintetic wave energy technology, with an estimated installed capacity of 2,000 MW and a 2,640-foot-long, 500-kV transmission line interconnected to the now-retired San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant. The estimated annual generation of the project is 17,519 megawatt-hours.

“A review of the record indicates that JD Products’ pursuit of project development during the term of its preliminary permit does not warrant a successive permit,” said the July 16 FERC order. “The progress reports indicate that, over the three-year permit term, JD Products made very little progress toward the filing of a development application.”

The commission said the company was often late with its every-six-months progress reports under the prior permit. JD Products did not submit its sixth progress report, due on Oct. 1, 2013.

“JD Products’ progress reports indicate that it performed no studies during its permit term, engaged in no agency consultation, and failed to develop any study plans,” FERC added. “For the above reasons, JD Products’ application for a successive preliminary permit is denied.”

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.