Project Status: Licensed; In Compliance Phase.
Operational: July 1, 2009

The California Energy Commission approved this project's Application For Certification on December 19, 2007. The Commission monitors the power plant's construction, operation and eventual decommissioning through a compliance proceeding.

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General Description of Project

The Panoche Energy Center (PEC) is a simple-cycle electrical generating facility located within western Fresno County adjacent to the Panoche Hills and east of San Benito county line. The project site is approximately 50 miles west of the city of Fresno and approximately 2 miles east of Interstate 5 on West Panoche Road. PEC has been producing commercial power since July 1, 2009, and includes four General Electric LMS100 natural gas-fired combustion turbine generators (CTGs). Each CTG is equipped with water injection to the combustors for reducing production of oxides of nitrogen (NOx), a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system with 19 percent aqueous ammonia injection to further reduce NOx emissions, and an oxidation catalyst to reduce carbon monoxide (CO). The total net generating capacity is approximately 400 megawatts (MW).

Offsite improvements associated with PEC include a 400-foot paved access road south of West Panoche Road to the plant site, 2,400 linear feet of gas pipeline, a 300-foot transmission line to the Panoche Substation, and the PG&E expansion of the Panoche Substation by approximately 1.1 acres south of the existing substation boundary.

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:

Newly Approved, No Project Manager Assigned

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

Panoche List Serve

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