Project Status: In Review

Committee Overseeing This Case:

TBD, Presiding Member

TBD, Associate Member

Hearing Officer: TBD

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General Description of Project

The Gilroy Backup Generating Facility (GBGF) would consist of a total of fifty (50) 2.5-MW diesel fired generators that would be used exclusively to provide up to 96 MW of backup generation to support the Gilroy Data Center (GDC), to be located on an undeveloped parcel generally located east of Arroyo Circle and between the two segments of Camino Arroyo within the City of Gilroy, Santa Clara County, California. The GBGF will include three smaller emergency generators; two house power diesel fired generators, each capable of generating 600 kW to support its respective building phase in an emergency; and a 175 kW diesel fired emergency generator, to support a security building.

Small Power Plant Exemption Evaluation Process

The SPPE process allows projects between 50 and 100 MW to proceed with local approval rather than requiring an Energy Commission license. This exemption from the Energy Commission licensing process can be applied to projects that would not create a substantial adverse impact on the environment or energy resources. The Energy Commission acts as the lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and will prepare an Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration that examines public health and safety, along with environmental impacts of the proposed project, including all related facilities such as electric transmission lines, natural gas and water pipelines. If the exemption is granted, the applicant would still need to secure the appropriate licenses and permits from relevant local, state, and federal agencies.

For Questions about this Exemption Proceeding Contact:

Leonidas (Lon) Payne
Project Manager
Siting, Transmission and Environmental Protection (STEP) Division
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-15
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-651-0966

For Questions About Public Participation In Exemption 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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