Project Status: Licensed; In Compliance Phase.
Operational: August 8, 2013

The California Energy Commission approved this project's Application For Certification on September 11, 2002. The Commission monitors the power plant's construction, operation and eventual decommissioning through a compliance proceeding.

Key Dates


Compliance Proceeding Amendments 1, 2, 3 & 4

General Description of Project

On September 11, 2002, the California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) issued a license to Russell City Energy Company, LLC, to construct and operat the Russell City Energy Center (RCEC. The RCEC is an approximately 600 megawatt natural gas-fired, wet cooled, combined cycle electric generating facility located in the City of Hayward in Alameda County.

The original approved project location was on a 14.7 acre site in the Industrial Corridor at the southwest corner of the intersection of Enterprise Avenue and Whitesell Street, directly south of the City’s Water Pollution Control Facility (WPCF), approximately two miles from the east entrance to the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge (State Route 92).

On August 29, 2007, the Energy Commission approved a petition to extend the start of construction deadline of the project for one year, from September 10, 2007, to September 10, 2008. Three items needed to be completed: 1) Energy Commission’s approval of the amendment to relocate the project, 2) Public Utility Commission approval of PG&E’s application to construct a transmission line for the project and 3) project financing.

On October 3, 2007, the Energy Commission approved an amendment to relocate the project directly west of the City’s WPCF. The facility is adjacent to and south of Depot Road in the east Hayward industrial area. Cabot Road has its southern terminus at Depot Road across from the northeast corner of the project’s location. Enterprise Avenue lies to the south of the site boundary, approximately 1,300 feet northwest of the original location (300 feet boundary to boundary). The project is located at 3862 Depot Road, approximately 1.0 mile east of the eastern shoreline of South San Francisco Bay and totals approximately 18.8 acres with parcels in both the City and a presently unincorporated area of Alameda County.

A second petition was approved on July 30, 2008, extending the start of construction deadline for an additional two years, from September 10, 2008, to September 10, 2010, in order to complete project financing and commence construction by September 10, 2008.

The project commenced operation on August 8, 2013.

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:

John Heiser
Project Manager
Siting, Transmission and Environmental Protection (STEP) Division
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-15
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-628-5566

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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