California commission sets Sept. 23 workshop for Mission Rock project

The California Energy Commission staff will conduct a Sept. 23 public workshop on Cultural Resources data request issues resolution for the Mission Rock Energy Center project, said the commission in a Sept. 9 notice.

On Aug. 1, the applicant (Calpine Mission Rock Energy Center LLC) objected to Set 1 data requests filed by staff in several technical disciplines, including cultural resources. This workshop will serve to resolve issues that remain unresolved following an Aug. 26 public workshop. This next workshop will be held Sept. 23 at the commission offices in Sacramento.

In December 2015, Calpine Mission Rock Energy Center, owned by Calpine Corp. (NYSE: CPN), submitted an application to construct, own and operate a generating facility in Ventura County, California, 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. Also, 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 four 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.

Commission staff said in a Sept. 1 case status memo that the issues being addressed and left unresolved after the Aug. 26 workshop should cause a slip in the commission review schedule of about a month. “Staff requests that the Committee adjust the schedule, including the time for discovery, to reflect the above-referenced extensions of time for Applicant to respond to Staff’s Data Requests. Staff further requests that any further delays in the submission of Data Responses would likewise result in a day-for-day adjustment in the schedule and discovery period. The Committee indicated in their August 12, 2016 Scheduling Order that discovery would conclude on November 14, 2016. However, staff requests that this date be changed to December 16, 2016 to reflect the 32 day slip in schedule resulting from the delayed submission of Data Responses to Set 1 and Set 1A.”

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