California commission reviews changes for on-hold, 624-MW Oakley project

California Public Utilities Commission said in an Aug. 11 notice that it has decided that some changes for the on-hold Oakley Generating Station project can be handled on the staff level, without an approval from commissioners.

On May 9, staff docketed a petition to amend submitted by Contra Costa Generating Station LLC requesting modifications to the Oakley Generating Station (OGS). The petition requests changes to the location of the generator tie-line conductor support tower 2/21 and a corresponding modification to the generator tie-line alignment between tower 2/21 and tower 2/22.

The OGS is a 624-MW combined cycle facility located in the city of Oakley in Contra Costa County, California. The project was certified by the Energy Commission in May 2011, and was authorized to commence construction in July 2011. The project’s construction phase is not complete as it is currently on hold, the commission noted.

Energy Commission technical staff reviewed the petition for potential environmental effects and consistency with applicable laws, ordinances, regulations, and standards (LORS). Staff has determined that the technical or environmental areas of Air Quality, Hazardous Materials-Management, Public Health, Socioeconomics, Transmission System Engineering, and Waste Management are not affected by the proposed changes.

Energy Commission staff has determined for this petition that formal approval by the Energy Commission at a noticed Business Meeting is not required, and the proposed modifications meet the criteria for approval at the staff level because:

  • The modifications will not have any significant effect on the environment;
  • Existing conditions of certification are sufficient to cover the proposed modifications without changes to, or deletions of, any conditions of certification; and
  • The project as modified will maintain full compliance with applicable LORS.

Any person may file an objection to staff’s determination within 14 days of the date of this Aug. 11 notice.

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