Kings River Conservation District Community Power Plant Licensing Case

Docket Number:

07-AFC-07 (Application For Certification)

Project Status: Project Terminated: November 4, 2009

Committee that oversaw Original Licensing Proceeding:

Karen Douglas, Chairman, Presiding Member

Julia Levin, Commissioner, Associate Member


Hearing Officer: Ken Celli

Key Dates

  • September 27, 2007 - Application for Certification (AFC) filed with California Energy Commission
  • December 5, 2007 - Commission accepts Application for Certification (AFC) as complete and "data adequate."
  • May 4, 2009 - Project Suspended.
  • October 6, 2009 - Applicant files notice of withdrawal, cancelling the project.
  • November 4, 2009 - Order Terminating Proceedings, terminates AFC Proceeding.


The proposed Kings River Conservation District Community Power Project (CPP) is a nominal 565 megawatt combined cycle natural gas-fired plant that will be arranged with two trains of combustion turbine generators and heat recovery steam generators connected to one steam turbine generator (two-on-one configuration). The two advanced natural gas-fired turbines will be "F" class units supplied by either General Electric or Siemens. The CPP will also include a tertiary treatment plant and a zero liquid discharge system that will purify and recycle process water, minimize water consumption and eliminate process wastewater discharge. The plant will also include water storage tanks for makeup water supply and fire protection.

The CPP is proposed to be located on an approximately 32-acre site located on South Bethel Avenue between East Dinuba and East Manning avenues, near the City of Parlier, in Fresno County. The site is located in an area currently zoned for agriculture and currently being used predominately for agricultural purposes (vineyards). Existing structures on the project site include a vacant rural dwelling, detached garage and barn. Kings River Conservation District has purchased the proposed project site. Approximately 15-acres on the western side of a 40-acre parcel to the immediate south of the project site will be used for temporary staging and parking during construction.

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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