Tesla Power Plant

Docket Number:

01-AFC-21 (Application For Certification)
01-AFC-21C (Compliance Proceeding)

Project Status: Licensed; In Compliance Phase. License Expired

The California Energy Commission approved this project's Application for Certification on June 16, 2004. The Commission monitors the power plant's construction, operation and eventual decommissioning through a compliance proceeding.

Committee that oversaw Original Licensing Proceeding (01-AFC-21):

John L. Geesman, Commissioner, Presiding Member

Arthur H. Rosenfeld, Chairman, Associate Member


Hearing Officer: Susan Gefter

Committee that oversaw Compliance Case (01-AFC-21C):

Jeffrey Byron, Commissioner, Presiding Member

Karen Douglas, Chairman, Associate Member


Hearing Officer: Gary Fay

Key Dates


On October 12, 2001, Midway Power LLC, a Delaware limited liability company owned by Florida Power & Light, filed an Application for Certification for the Tesla Power Project. On June 14, 2004, the Commission granted Midway Power, LLC, a license to construct and operate the Tesla Power Project. In December, 2008, PG&E purchased the project license and is the current project owner of Midway Power, LLC., which holds all assets, land, ERCs, development rights, and permits associated with the Tesla site.

The site is located on a 60-acre portion of a 160-acre parcel, Assessor parcel No. 99B-7825-1-4 Section 30, Township 2S, Range 4E, in Alameda County. The site is approximately one-half mile north of the PG&E Tesla Substation. The site will be accessed by the Midway Road bordering the eastside of the parcel.

The Tesla Power Project, a nominal 1,120 megawatt power plant, will consist of a natural gas-fired combined cycle power generator, with 0.8 miles of double-circuit 230-kilovolt transmission line connected to the PG&E Tesla Substation, 24-inch 2.8 mile natural gas pipeline, and an 11-mile recycled water pipeline connected to the City of Tracy's recycled water pipeline system.

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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