Project Status: Licensed; In Compliance Phase.
Operational: May 27, 2005

The California Energy Commission approved this project's Application For Certification on September 24, 2001. The Commission monitors the power plant's construction, operation and eventual decommissioning through a compliance proceeding.

Key Dates

General Description of Project

In September 2001, the California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) approved the Metcalf Energy Center (MEC), a nominal 600 megawatt (nominal) combined-cycle natural gas-fired power plant with a 230 kilovolt (kV) switchyard and approximately 200 feet of new 230 kV transmission line.

Natural gas for the facility is delivered via an approximately one mile 16-inch pipeline connecting to an existing Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) transmission backbone pipeline that runs along the eastern side of U.S. 101.

Recycled water for cooling is supplied by the South Bay Water Recycling Program (SBWR) and is delivered from a tap into SBWR’s existing main pipeline in eastern San Jose via a 20-inch, 7.3 mile pipeline.

The project is located in southern San Jose approximately one-half mile west of the PG&E Metcalf substation. The project site is on approximately 20 acres (10 acres in Santa Clara County, 10 acres in the City of San Jose) at the southern base of Tulare Hill in northern Coyote Valley of South San Jose to the west of Monterey Highway just south of the Metcalf Road intersection. The site is bordered by Fisher Creek to the north and west and the Union Pacific Railroad right-of-way to the east. Blanchard Road is to the south.

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

News Media Please Contact:

Media & Public Communications Office
Phone: 916-654-4989

Original Proceeding