Project Status: Licensed; In Compliance Phase.
Operational: March 7, 2003

The California Energy Commission approved this project's Application For Certification on October 6, 1999. The Commission monitors the power plant's construction, operation and eventual decommissioning through a compliance proceeding.

Key Dates

  • August 12, 1998 - Application for Certification (AFC) filed
  • August 26, 1998 - Commission accepts AFC as "data adequate."
  • October 6, 1999 - Commission approves Application for Certification.
  • March 7, 2003 - Power plant on line and producing power.

General Description of Project

The La Paloma Generating Project (LPGP) is a 1,124 megawatt, natural gas-fired, combined cycle facility. The combined cycle power block consists of four combustion turbine generators (CTGs), four heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs) and exhaust stacks, and two to four steam turbines. The project is located near McKittrick, Kern County, California, approximately 40 miles west of Bakersfield, California. The project site is about 23 acres in size and is situated near the intersection of Reserve Road and Skyline Road.

California Aqueduct water from the West Kern Water District supplies the project water via an eight mile pipeline.

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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