California commission plans Jan. 10 workshop on 262-MW Puente project

The California Energy Commission staff will conduct a Jan. 10 public workshop for the Final Staff Assessment (FSA) for the Puente Power Project.

The workshop will be held at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center in Oxnard, California. The commission said in a Dec. 29 notice that the purpose of the workshop is to allow Energy Commission staff to highlight those parts of the FSA that differ from the Preliminary Staff Assessment to assist review by the parties, agencies, and the public, and discuss areas of agreement and disagreement.

In April 2015, NRG Oxnard Energy Center LLC, submitted an application to construct, own and operate the Puente Power Project. The 262-MW facility would be located on a three-acre portion of the 36-acre Mandalay Generating Station (MGS) at 393 North Harbor Boulevard, Oxnard, Ventura County. The project would include one gas-fired combustion turbine generator (CTG), a 188-foot exhaust stack, and miscellaneous improvements necessary to either extend or reuse existing site structures and utilities.

The existing Mandalay Generating Station Units 1 and 2 would be decommissioned and, if Puente is built and becomes operational, the power blocks and exhaust structure would be demolished and removed. The existing MGS Unit 3 would continue to operate. The existing wastewater outfall structure to the Pacific Ocean would no longer be used and would be demolished and the beach restored.

Incidentally, the California Public Utilities Commission on Dec. 5 rejected rehearing requests related to its approval of a power purchase deal for the Puente peaker project, but did add further details on how this project meet environmental justice criteria. The rehearing was requested by the City of Oxnard, the California Environmental Justice Alliance (CEJA) and the Sierra Club (jointly), and also the Center for Biological Diversity.

In 2013, the commission issued what is referred to as the Track 1 Decision in the Long-Term Procurement Plan (LTPP) proceeding. That decision authorized Southern California Edison (SCE) to meet its local reliability/capacity needs by issuing a Request for Offers (RFO) in both the West Los Angeles sub-area of Los Angeles, and the Moorpark sub-area of Big Creek/Ventura.The rehearing applications at issue in the Dec. 5 order pertain to the Moorpark solicitation.

In Moorpark, SCE was authorized to procure 215-290 MW of non-resource specific electric capacity to meet local capacity requirements by 2021. The challenged decision approved a 20-year power purchase contract with NRG Energy Center Oxnard LLC for the Puente Project. The project company is a unit of NRG Energy (NYSE: NRG).

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