Project Status: Licensed; In Compliance Phase.
Operational: Unit 1 - October 18, 2002
Unit 2 License Expired - December 2002

Key Dates

  • Unit 1
    • 5/7/2001 - Application for Certification (AFC) filed
    • 6/6/2001 - Commission accepts AFC as "data adequate."
    • 10/31/2001 - Commission approves Application for Certification.
    • 10/18/2002 - Unit 1 on line and producing power.

  • General Description of Project

    The Valero Cogeneration Project (VCP) was certified by the California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) in October 2001. The nominal 102 megawatt (MW) cogeneration power plant was certified under a 4-month, expedited review process to be built in two 51-MW phases. The facility is located at the Valero Benicia Refinery, within the City of Benicia, Solano County. The two-phased facility was approved to include two combustion turbine generators equipped with water injection to control oxides of nitrogen (NOx) emissions and associated support equipment.

    Phase I (Unit 1) of the project, a 51 MW generator, was constructed and began commercial operation in October 2002. Construction of Phase 2 of the project, the final 51 MW generator, was never completed and in October, 2007, after having been granted several extension requests, the certification for this phase of the project was allowed to expire at the owner’s request.

    Note: Both phases as approved were to be on-line no later than December 31, 2002 pursuant to Energy Facilities Siting Regulations, Title 20, California Code of Regulations, section 1704, Appendix B; Public Resources Code, section 25552 (SB 28X-May 2001); and Executive order D-26-01.

    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:

    Newly Approved, No Project Manager Assigned

    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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