Project Status: Licensed; In Compliance Phase.
Operational: July 15, 2003

The California Energy Commission approved this project's Application For Certification on March 21, 2001. The Commission monitors the power plant's construction, operation and eventual decommissioning through a compliance proceeding.

Key Dates

  • December 9, 1999 - Application for Certification (AFC) filed
  • March 22, 2000 - Commission accepts AFC as "data adequate."
  • March 21, 2001 - Commission approves Application for Certification.
  • July 15, 2003 - Power plant on line and producing power.

General Description of Project

The Blythe Energy Project (BEP) is located in eastern Riverside County in the City of Blythe on private property about 5 miles west of downtown Blythe. The project is a combined cycle 520 (nominal) megawatt (MW) natural gas-fired power plant sited on a 76-acre parcel. Associated facilities include a 600-foot, 160/230 kilovolt (kV) electric overhead transmission line that interconnects to Western Area Power Administration’s existing Blythe Substation; a 0.8-mile natural gas fuel supply line that connects with the SoCal Gas Pipeline and an 11.5-mile natural gas fuel supply line that connects with the El Paso Gas Facility in Ehrenberg, Arizona; and onsite water supply wells and wastewater evaporation ponds.

The BEP consists of two combustion turbine generators for electrical generation, Units 1 and 2. Each unit has an installed electricity production capacity of 180 MW. Heat from CTG exhaust gases are fed into duct fired heat recovery steam generators to supply a condensing steam turbine generator for further electrical generation. Emissions of oxides of nitrogen are controlled with a Selective Catalytic Reduction system. An oxidation catalyst is used to reduce carbon monoxide and volatile organic compounds emissions.

Note: the proceeding for the approved Blythe Transmission Line Modification (Order 06-1011-04) is located at:

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:

Mary Dyas
Compliance Project Manager
Siting, Transmission and Environmental Protection (STEP) Division
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-2000
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-628-5418

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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