Goal Line notifies FERC of changes for its California cogen plant

Goal Line LP on Dec. 23 notified the Federal Energ Regulatory Commission of changes for its plant, including imminent loss of QF status, and of self-recertification of its Exempt Wholesale Generator status.

Goal Line owns a 49.9-MW natural gas-fired cogeneration plant located in Escondido, California, which since commencing operations in 1995 has been a qualifying cogeneration facility (QF) under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA).

Goal Line sells electricity generated by this facility to San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) under a long-term power purchase agreement originally executed in December 1990, and amended and restated in July 2013.

Goal Line’s sole general partner is Arroyo Energy LP.

Under the amended PPA, which was entered into by Goal Line and SDG&E pursuant to the terms of the California Public Utility Commission’s (CPUC) CHP Settlement, the baseload operation of the Goal Line cogen has been converted into a dispatchable “Utility Prescheduled Facility” as that term is defined in the CHP Settlement.

The amended PPA will remain in effect until Feb. 14, 2025 (i.e., the same term as Goal Line’s original power purchase agreement with SDG&E), and on Feb. 1, 2015, SDG&E assumed dispatch control of the cogen. Due to SDG&E’s new dispatch profile, however, Goal Line anticipates that as of Dec. 31, 2015, it will no longer be able to meet the commission’s efficiency standards necessary to maintain QF status.

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