Project Status: Licensed; In Compliance Phase.
Operational: October 2011

The California Energy Commission approved this project's Application For Certification on May 18, 2011. The Commission monitors the power plant's construction, operation and eventual decommissioning through a compliance proceeding.

Key Dates

  • 6/15/2009 - Application for Certification (AFC) filed
  • 8/26/2009 - Commission accepts AFC as "data adequate."
  • 11/8/2010 - Commission staff releases Preliminary Staff Analysis.
  • 12/16/2010 - Commission staff releases Supplemental Staff Assessment.
  • 11/08/2010 - Commission staff releases Staff Analysis.
  • 4/13/2011 - Committee releases Presiding Member's Proposed Decision.
  • 5/18/2011 - Commission approves Application for Certification.
  • 10/2011 - Power plant on line and producing power.

General Description of Project

artist depiction of power plant project from the air

In May 2011, the California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) approved the Mariposa Energy Project (MEP). The project is a 200-megawatt (MW) simple-cycle generating facility consisting of four General Electric (GE) LM6000 PC-SPRINT natural-gas-fired combustion turbine generators and associated equipment. Linear facilities include a 580 feet natural gas pipeline and a 1.8 mile water connection with the Byron Bethany Irrigation District.

The project is located in northeastern Alameda County, approximately 7 miles northwest of Tracy, 7 miles east of Livermore, 6 miles south of Byron, and approximately 2.5 miles west of the community of Mountain House. The facility is southeast of the intersection of Bruns Road and Kelso Road on a 10 acre portion of a 158 acre parcel (known as the Lee Property) immediately south of the Pacific Gas and Electric Company Bethany Compressor Station and 230 kilovolt Kelso Substation.

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:

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
Phone: 916-654-4989

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