Southeast Regional Energy Center
Power Plant Licensing Case
(Vernon Power Plant)

Docket Number:

06-AFC-04 (Application For Certification)

Project Status: Applicant WIthdraws AFC, September 29, 2009.
AFC Terminated, October 21, 2009

Committee that oversaw Original Licensing Proceeding:

Julia Levin, Commissioner, Presiding Member

James D. Boyd, Vice Chair, Associate Member


Hearing Officer: Gary Fay

Key Dates

  • June 30, 2006 - Application for Certification (AFC) filed with Energy Commission.
  • September 14, 2006 - Commission determines AFC is data adequate
  • September 29, 2009 - Applicant Withdraws AFC
  • October 21, 2009 - Commission Terminates AFC and Closes Docket


The Southeast Regional Energy Center (SREC) is a proposed 943 megawatt (MW, gross) combined-cycle generating facility configured using three natural gas fired combustion turbines and one steam turbine.

The SREC will be located on land at the southeast corner of Fruitland and Boyle Avenues. The City has executed a purchase agreement for the 27-acre parcel. The seller conducted a public bid process for the sale of the site and the city was the successful bidder.

The project site will consist of approximately 13.7 acres of the subdivided 27-acre parcel. The remaining 13.3 acres will be available during construction for parking and equipment laydown. Once construction is completed, the 13.3 acre property will be available for the city's future use.

The site is located in an industrial area in the City of Vernon, in Los Angeles County.

Note: This project should not be confused with a separate City of Vernon power plant project application (06-AFC-2) that was filed with the Energy Commission on March 2, 2006. That application was for a 610 MW facility, and the license application was withdrawn on April 6, 2006.

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.

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