Project Status: Licensed; In Compliance Phase.
Operational: Unit 3 - December 9, 2005
Operational: Unit 4 - January 19, 2006

The California Energy Commission approved this project's Application For Certification on March 21, 2001. The Commission monitors the power plant's construction, operation and eventual decommissioning through a compliance proceeding.

Key Dates

General Description of Project

In 2001, the California Energy Commission issued a license to Mountainview Power Company LLC to construct and operate the 1,056 megawatt Mountainview Generating Station (Mountainview). The project consists of two generating units (Unit 3 and Unit 4). Each unit consists of two General Electric (GE) 7FA.04 combustion turbines (CT) and one General Electric Model Dl 1 steam turbine. Southern California Edison (SCE) plans to replace the CO catalysts on the four existing combustion turbines.

Mountainview is located on a site at the Northeast corner of San Bernardino Avenue and Mountain View Avenue in San Bernardino County. The project is bounded by the Santa Ana River/Wash and commercial complexes, including the San Bernardino International airport; to the East, the Mountainview plant is bounded by a SCE transmission substation and commercial complexes; to the South and across San Bernardino Avenue, the Mountainview plant is bounded by commercial complexes; to the East and across Mountain View Avenue, the Mountainview plant is bounded by industrial complexes; and diagonally across these streets at the Mountainview plant's southwest corner are residential properties.

The original project proponent was Thermo Ecotek and the Application for Certification was filed with the Commission on February 1, 2000. AES then purchased the power from Thermo Ecotek.

In April 2003, Intergen (a Shell-Bechtel venture) purchased the Mountainview Project from AES. Ownership of Mountainview Power LLC, later changed hands to Southern California Edison.

AES started construction September 2001, it was suspended, but SCE recommenced construction in March 2004. Unit 3 began commercial operation in December 2005, and Unit 4 began commercial operation in January 2006.

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:

Joe Douglas
Compliance Project Manager
Siting, Transmission and Environmental Protection (STEP) Division
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-2000
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-956-9527

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

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