MID Woodland Generation Station II

Docket Number:

01-SPPE-01 (Small Power Plant Exemption)

Project Status: Exempted.
Operational: June 6, 2003

The California Energy Commission approved this project's Small Power Plant Exemption on September 19, 2001. The Commission monitors the power plant's construction, operation and eventual decommissioning through a compliance proceeding.

Key Dates

  • 5/4/2001 - Small Power Plant Exemption (SPPE) filed
  • 5/30/2001 - Commission accepts SPPE as "data adequate."
  • 9/19/2001 - Commission approves Small Power Plant Exemption.
  • 6/6/2003 - Power plant on line and producing power.


On May 4, 2001 the Modesto Irrigation District (MID) filed a Small Power Plant Exemption (SPPE) to request approval from the California Energy Commission to construct an 80-megawatt (MW) nominal natural gas-fired combined cycle generating facility. The project would be located on a 2.5 acre portion of an overall 7 acre site with an existing 49.4 MW generating facility on Woodland Avenue, in Modesto, California, County of Stanislaus.

The 80-megawatt natural gas-fired combined cycle will consist of one modern combustion turbine and a condensing steam turbine. The project will use a convention drum-type heat recovery steam generator (HRSG), or a once through steam generator (OTSG) HRSG. Expansion of the existing switchyard will also include two new bays. Approximately 1.2 miles of new 69kV subtransmission line, approximately 6 miles of system reinforcements to an existing Pacific Gas & Electric natural gas supply line, and approximately 1 mile of new water line would be constructed as part of the proposed project.

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:

Mary Dyas
Compliance Project Manager
Siting, Transmission and Environmental Protection (STEP) Division
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-2000
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-651-8891
E-mail: Mary.Dyas@energy.ca.gov

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
E-mail: PublicAdvisor@energy.ca.gov

News Media Please Contact:

Media & Public Communications Office
Phone: 916-654-4989
E-mail: mediaoffice@energy.ca.gov

Original Proceeding