Project Status: Licensed; In Compliance Phase: On Hold Before Construction

Committee Overseeing Amendment Proceeding:

Karen Douglas, Commissioner, Presiding Member

Janea A, Scott, Commissioner, Associate Member

Hearing Officer: Kenneth Celli

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General Description of Project

On August 9, 2017, the Energy Commission approved an amendment to increase the MW capacity from a nominal 570 megawatts (MW) to a nominal 654 MW, eliminate the solar components, to replace the combustion turbine technology with fast-start flexible technology, and to reduce the project site to 50 acres. The approval also changed the project name from Palmdale Hybrid Power Project to Palmdale Energy Project.

On August 10, 2011, the California Energy Commission issued a license to the City of Palmdale to construct and operate the Palmdale Hybrid Power Plant (PHPP), a nominal 570 MW hybrid facility utilizing combined-cycle and solar trough technologies located in the City of Palmdale. The PHPP consists of a hybrid of natural gas-fired combined-cycle generating equipment integrated with solar thermal generating equipment to be developed on an approximately 377-acre site in the northern portions of the City of Palmdale. However, the facility was not constructed.

The project site is located south of East Avenue M (E Ave M) in the northernmost area of the City of Palmdale. The 377-acre plant site is part of an approximately 600-acre city-owned property that is bounded by Sierra Highway to the west, East Ave M (Columbia Way) to the north, and U.S. Air Force Plant 42 on the south and east. Air Force Plant 42 is a government-owned contractor-operated facility for the production, engineering, final assembly and flight testing of high performance aircraft.

On June 10, 2015, the Energy Commission approved the transfer of ownership of the PHPP from the City of Palmdale to Palmdale Energy, LLC.

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:

Siting, Transmission and Environmental Protection (STEP) Division
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-
Sacramento, CA 95814

For Questions About Public Participation In Certification Proceedings Contact:

Public Advisor
California Energy Commission
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Phone: 916-654-4489
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