California commission sets Aug. 26 workshop on Mission Rock project issues

The California Energy Commission staff will conduct an Aug. 26 public workshop on data request issues for the Mission Rock Energy Center project.

The commission said in an Aiug. 16 notice about the workshop that on Aug. 1, applicant Mission Rock Energy Center LLC, a unit of Calpine Corp. (NYSE: CPN), objected to several Set 1 data requests filed by staff related to biological resources, cultural resources, traffic & transportation, transmission system engineering and water resources. This workshop will serve to resolve these issues. All interested parties, agencies and members of the public are invited to participate.

The Aug. 26 workshop will be held at the commission offices in Sacramento.

In December 2015, Mission Rock Energy Center submitted an Application for Certification to construct, own and operate a facility in Ventura County, approximately two miles west of Santa Paula, near Highway 126. The facility would be a natural gas-fired, simple-cycle plant comprising five combustion turbine generators (CTGs), with a combined nominal generating capacity of 255 MW.

Additionally, Mission Rock would house twenty on-site ion battery units for the storage of electricity, providing an additional 100 MWhours (25 MW for up to 4 hours) of nominal capacity. The CTGs would also be fitted with clutch systems enabling synchronized condenser operation to provide voltage (Volt-Ampere Reactive or “VAR”) support to the local grid without contemporaneous operation of the combustion turbines.

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