Project Status: Licensed; In Compliance Phase.
Operational: August 1, 2013

The California Energy Commission approved this project's Application For Certification on December 1, 2010. The Commission monitors the power plant's construction, operation and eventual decommissioning through a compliance proceeding.

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General Description of Project

Aerial image of Completed Sentinel Energy Project

The CPV Sentinel Energy Project is a nominally rated 850-megawatt (MW) electrical generating facility. The power plant site encompasses 37 acres of land situated within unincorporated Riverside County, California.

The CPV Sentinel Energy Project consists of eight natural gas-fired General Electric (GE) LMS100 combustion turbine generators (CTGs) operating in simple cycle mode. The project supplies quick-start peaking capacity, energy, and ancillary services into the California Independent System Operator's (CAISO) Los Angeles Basin Local Capacity Requirement (LCR) Area. The LCR area needs additional peaking capacity to meet resource adequacy requirements and ensure grid reliability.

The project is owned and operated by CPV Sentinel, LLC (CPV Sentinel). CPV Sentinel also constructed and commissioned the project. CPV Sentinel sells the capacity, energy, and ancillary services under long-term contract to one or more load serving entities and has a power purchase agreement with Southern California Edison (SCE) for five of the units. An agreement is in process for a long-term contract for the remaining three units.

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:

Dennis Johnson, Plant Manager
Phone:(760) 288-7901

For Questions about this Certification Proceeding Contact:

Keith Winstead
Project Manager
Siting, Transmission and Environmental Protection (STEP) Division
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-15
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-208-3849

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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