Project Status: Licensed; In Compliance Phase.
Operational: July 5, 2005

The California Energy Commission approved this project's Application For Certification on December 20, 2000. The Commission monitors the power plant's construction, operation and eventual decommissioning through a compliance proceeding.

Key Dates

  • November 30, 1999 - Application for Certification (AFC) filed
  • January 26, 2000 - Commission accepts AFC as "data adequate."
  • December 20, 2000 - Commission approves Application for Certification.
  • July 5, 2005 - Power plant on line and producing power.

General Description of Project

The Pastoria Energy Facility (PEF) is located in southeastern Kern County near the unincorporated communities of Grapevine and Lebec about 30 miles south of Bakersfield. The existing facility is a 750 MW (nominal) combined-cycle natural gas-fired power plant sited on a 31-acre parcel owned by Tejon Ranch Company.

The facility consists of three existing GE Energy 7FA gas turbines. Associated facilities include a 1.38-mile, 230 kilovolt (kV) electric overhead transmission line that interconnects to Southern California Edison’s Pastoria Substation; an 11.65-mile natural gas fuel supply line that connects with the Kern-Mojave Pipeline; and a 0.15-mile water supply pipeline that connects to the Wheeler-Ridge-Maricopa Water Storage District’s pipeline network. Access to the facility is via a 0.85-mile road that connects with Edmonston Pump Plant Road. The project site is relatively flat, with a gentle slope running from the southeast to the northwest, and the site elevation is approximately 1,070 feet.

In May 2001, ownership of the project transferred from Enron North America Corporation to Calpine Corporation.

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 Power Plant Contact:

Barbara McBride, Director Environmental Services
Phone:(925) 570-0849

For Questions about this Certification 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: 916-628-5418

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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