California commission plans public sessions on Carlsbad project revamp

The California Energy Commission Committee assigned to conduct proceedings on the petitions to amend a prior approval for the Carlsbad Energy Center Project (CECP) has scheduled a March 18 prehearing conference and an April 1-2 evidentiary hearing.

The CECP was approved by the commission in 2012, as a 540-MW natural-gas combined-cycle power generator. It would consist under that prior configuration of two power blocks, each having one rapid-response combustion turbine generator (CTG), one heat recovery steam generator (HRSG), one condensing steam turbine generator (STG), an air-cooled fin-fan cooler, and associated support equipment.

The commission said in a Feb. 23 hearing notice that two 2014 amendment petitions are being considered together in this new proceeding:

  • The first seeks permission to demolish three above-ground storage tanks – tanks 1 and 2 to the west of the rail corridor, and tank 4 to the south of the approved project boundary. Those tanks would be demolished in addition to tanks 5–7 on the approved project site; tanks 5–7 were approved for demolition in the 2012 commission decision.
  • The second petition would change the project to consist of six simple-cycle turbine generators producing about 632 MW. The project site would be expanded to include the storage tank (tank 4) area to the south of the presently approved area, adding seven acres to the approved 23 acre facility. A new administration and control building and a warehouse would be added on the site.

The project owner and petitioner, Carlsbad Energy Center LLC, is an indirect subsidiary of NRG Energy (NYSE: NRG).

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