California commission plans July 15 session on 300-MW Mission Rock project

The California Energy Commission members on a committee studying the 300-MW Mission Rock Energy Center project has scheduled a July 15 Committee Conference/Closed Session at the commission offices in Sacramento.

A July 5 public notice said the committee will conduct the conference for the primary purpose of deliberating in closed session on the issues presented by the Application for Certification (AFC) for this project. It may also address any then-pending motions or other requests that are ripe for consideration. The committee conference will be convened, public comment taken, and then the closed session will begin. The committee conference will reopen at the conclusion of the closed session to make any announcement of a required reportable action and to adjourn the committee conference. No oral argument will be taken.

In December 2015, Mission Rock Energy Center LLC submitted this Application for Certification to construct and operate a 275-MW natural-gas-fired facility called the Mission Rock Energy Center. The proposed project would be sited on approximately 10 acres of land at 1025 Mission Rock Road in unincorporated Ventura County, approximately five miles west of downtown Santa Paula, California. The proposed Project site is located in an industrial park currently used for recreational vehicle and boat storage.

The project would consist of five new General Electric Energy LM6000 PG (or equivalent) natural-gas-fired, combustion turbine generators with a combined nominal generation rating of 275 MW and associated auxiliaries. The project would also house 20 lithium-ion (and/or flow) batteries on site for electricity storage, providing an additional 25 MW of nominal capacity for up to four hours, and be enabled to provide voltage support to the electric grid.

The project would connect to the regional electrical grid at Southern California Edison’s Santa Clara substation. To access this substation, the proposed projects requires the construction of a new 6.6-mile, 230-kV transmission line. Natural gas to operate the facility requires the construction of a new 2.4-mile, 16-inch diameter pipeline that would connect to Southern California Gas Co.’s (SoCal Gas) existing high-pressure natural-gas transmission pipeline (Line 404/406).

Mission Rock Energy Center LLC is a unit of Calpine Corp. (NYSE: CPN).

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