Project Status: Licensed; In Compliance Phase.
Operational: July 13, 2012

The California Energy Commission approved this project's Application For Certification on December 15, 2010. The Commission monitors the power plant's construction, operation and eventual decommissioning through a compliance proceeding.

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General Description of Project

Artist drawing of proposed plant as seen from above.

The Almond 2 Power Plant (A2PP) is owned by Turlock Irrigation District (TID), and was certified by the California Energy Commission in December 2010. The approximately 174 megawatt (MW) natural-gas fired, simple-cycle peaking generating facility is located at 4500 Crows Landing Road on a 4.6-acre parcel adjacent to the existing 48 MW TID Almond Power Plant, in Stanislaus County approximately 5 miles south of Modesto.

The A2PP’s primary equipment consists of three identical 58 MW General Electric LM6000PG turbines equipped with a water injection system to the turbine in order to reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) formation, and a selective catalytic reduction system to further control NOx emissions.

Energy Commission Facility Certification Process

The California Energy Commission is the lead agency (for licensing thermal power plants 50 megawatts and larger) under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and has a certified regulatory program under CEQA. Under its certified program, the Energy Commission is exempt from having to prepare an environmental impact report. Its certified program, however, does require environmental analysis of the project, including an analysis of alternatives and mitigation measures to minimize any significant adverse effect the project may have on the environment.

For Questions about this Certification Proceeding Contact:

John Heiser
Project Manager
Siting, Transmission and Environmental Protection (STEP) Division
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-15
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-628-5566

For Questions About Public Participation In Certification Proceedings Contact:

Public Advisor
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-12 Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-654-4489
Toll-Free in California: 1-800-822-6228

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Media & Public Communications Office
Phone: 916-654-4989

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