Project Status: Exempted.
Operational: Unit 1 - June 1, 2006
Operational: Unit 2 - July 26, 2006

The California Energy Commission approved this project's Small Power Plant Exemption on December 15, 2004. The Commission monitors the power plant's construction, operation and eventual decommissioning through a compliance proceeding.

Key Dates

  • 4/29/2009 - Small Power Plant Exemption (SPPE) filed
  • 5/5/2004 - Commission accepts SPPE as "data adequate."
  • 12/15/2004 - Commission approves Small Power Plant Exemption.
  • 6/1/2006 - Unit 1 on line and producing power.
  • 7/26/2006 - Unit 2 on line and producing power.

General Description of Project

On April 29, 2004, Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) filed an application for a Small Power Plant Exemption (SPPE). RPU is seeking an exemption from the California Energy Commission's licensing requirements. If an exemption is granted, the applicant would need to secure the appropriate licenses and permits for the project from various local, state and federal agencies. RPU proposes to build and operate a nominal 96 megawatt (MW) simple-cycle power plant on a 12-acre fenced site within the City of Riverside, California. This proposed facility is referred to as the Riverside Energy Resource Center (RERC) Project. RPU would develop, build, own and operate the facility. The proposed site is owned by the City of Riverside and is adjacent to the City's Waste Water Treatment Plant in a light industrial/manufacturing area. The Waste Water Treatment Plant is located on the west side of the Project and includes a 3.3 MW cogeneration facility. The two facilities would be cross-tied for both electrical power and compressed air. The power plant and associated administration building and warehouse would occupy approximately 8 of the 12 acres with the additional 4 acres reserved for equipment storage and construction parking.

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: 916-628-5418

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

News Media Please Contact:

Media & Public Communications Office
Phone: 916-654-4989

Original Proceeding