South Bay Replacement Project
Power Plant Licensing Case

Docket Number:

06-AFC-03 (Application For Certification)

Project Status: Application for Certification Withdrawn October 22, 2007.

Committee that oversaw Original Licensing Proceeding:

John L. Geesman, Commissioner, Presiding Member

Art Rosenfeld, Commissioner, Associate Member


Hearing Officer: Kenneth Celli

Key Dates

  • June 30, 2006 - Application for Certification (AFC) filed with Energy Commission.
  • October 22, 2007 - LS Power withdraws its Application for Certification.
  • October 24, 2007 - Commission Order Terminating Proceeding.


L.S. Power South Bay, LLC proposes to develop the South Bay Replacement Project (SBRP) as a natural-gas-fired, combined-cycle power plant. The SBRP project will be configured as two natural-gas-fired combustion turbines and one steam turbine, and will have a nominal 500-megawatt (MW) output at 62 degrees Fahrenheit. SBRP includes duct firing which can raise the output up to an additional 120 MW by boosting the output of the steam turbine. The baseload operation has a net plant heat rate of 6,993 Btu/kwh (HHV).

The SBRP will be a replacement of the existing South Bay Power Plant (SBPP) that is owned by the San Diego Unified Port District (Port) and operated by the Applicant under a Lease and Cooperation agreement with the Port.1 The proposed project site is immediately adjacent to and south of the existing SBPP in the City of Chula Vista adjacent to the San Diego Bay.

The new SBRP project site is 12.9 acres and is part of what is referred to as the "former LNG site" because it is where San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) operated a liquefied natural gas storage facility many years ago when it owned the power plant complex. The Applicant requires and is pursuing a new lease agreement with the Port to pursue this project.

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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