Project Status: Licensed; In Compliance Phase.
Operational: December 12, 2018

The California Energy Commission approved this project's Application For Certification on May 31, 2012. The Commission monitors the power plant's construction, operation and eventual decommissioning through a compliance proceeding.

Committee Overseeing Amendment Proceeding:

Karen Douglas, Commissioner, Presiding Member

Andrew McAllister, Commissioner, Associate Member

Key Dates

General Description of Project

Carlsbad Energy Center LLC (Carlsbad Energy), the original applicant, filed an Application for Certification on September 14, 2007 (07-AFC-06) proposing to build the 558 megawatt (MW) combined-cycle Carlsbad Energy Center Project (CECP) located on the existing Encina Power Station (EPS) power plant complex in the city of Carlsbad in San Diego County. That proposal was approved by the Energy Commission on May 31, 2012.

On July 30, 2015, the Energy Commission approved Carlsbad Energy’s petition to amend the proposed facility to a more flexible 632 MW fast-start simple-cycle generating facility. The Amended Carlsbad Energy Center Project (ACECP) is located on the northeastern parcel of the 95-acre EPS complex. The ACECP will provide power generation reliability in the San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) service territory.

Prior to construction of the ACECP, scheduled to begin in March 2017 and continuing through November, 2018, Carlsbad Energy demolished three above-ground fuel oil storage tanks (ASTs) to provide space for power plant construction. This area will form the 30-acre footprint upon which the ACECP power plant will be constructed.

The EPS, as well as all above ground EPS facilities west of the North County Transit District (NCTD) railroad tracks, will be decommissioned and removed upon the successful completion and operation of the ACECP.

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 Power Plant Contact:

Scott Seipel,Manager, Environmental Business

For Questions about this Certification Proceeding Contact:

Anwar Ali
Project Manager
Siting, Transmission and Environmental Protection (STEP) Division
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-15
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-698-7498

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
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