NRG San Gabriel still treading water due to lack of emissions offsets

Emissions offsets for its 696-MW power project are still hard to find, NRG San Gabriel Power Generation LLC told the California Energy Commission in a Dec. 1 quarterly update.

On June 13, the commission, at the request of the company, suspended its certificate case covering this project until June 30, 2015. It askedfor quarterly reports in the meantime. The company is developing the San Gabriel Project, a 696-MW natural gas-fired facility to be located at the site of an existing power plant in Rancho Cucamonga, California, within the jurisdiction of the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD). It is the site of the existing Etiwanda power plant. 

“There are no new developments to report at this time,” the company noted. “San Gabriel requested the suspension of the proceeding due to permitting difficulties associated with the unavailability within the South Coast Air Basin of emission offsets from the market that are needed to satisfy applicable SCAQMD rules. Those permitting difficulties persist. San Gabriel and its ultimate parent, NRG Energy, Inc., continue to look for solutions to address the lack of available offsets, and for contracting opportunities that would support active development of the San Gabriel Project. San Gabriel will provide an update regarding any new developments in its next quarterly status report.”

This project is in a 2×1 configuration, consisting of two combustion turbine generators, two supplementally-fired heat recovery steam generators, one steam turbine generator and ancillary equipment.

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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.