San Francisco Electric Reliability Project

Docket Number:

04-AFC-01 (Application For Certification)
04-AFC-1C (Compliance Proceeding)

Project Status: License Terminatated December 20, 2010.

The California Energy Commission approved this project's Application for Certification on October 3, 2006. The Commission monitors the power plant's construction, operation and eventual decommissioning through a compliance proceeding.

Committee that oversaw Original Licensing Proceeding:

James D. Boyd, Vice Chair, Presiding Member

John L. Geesman, Commissioner, Associate Member


Hearing Officer: Stanley Valkosky and Gary Fay

Key Dates

  • March 18, 2004 - Applicant files Application For Certification (AFC).
  • April 21, 2004 - Commission declares application as "data adequate."
  • March 25, 2005, Supplement A, an amendment to the Application for Certification for the San Francisco project, filed with the California Energy Commission.
  • September 13, 2005, Energy Commission staff release Preliminary Staff Assessment.
  • February 21, 2006 - Final Staff Assessment released.
  • August 25, 2006 - Presiding Member's Proposed Decision released.
  • October 3, 2006 - Energy Commission approves project and grants license.
  • December 15, 2010 - Order Terminating Commission Certification.
  • December 20, 2010 - License Terminated.


March 25, 2005, Supplement A, an amendment to the Application for Certification for the San Francisco project, was filed with the California Energy Commission. The amendment changes the location of the project and presents other pertinent information. The City and County of San Francisco (CCSF) initially planned to construct and operate a simple cycle power plant at the Mirant Corporation?s existing Potrero Power Plant site. Supplement A changes the project location to a 4-acre site owned by CCSF that lies approximately south of 25th Street and approximately 700 feet east of Illinois Street. The new site is approximately 1/4 mile south of the Potrero site originally proposed.

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.

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