Donald Von Raesfeld (Formerly Pico Power)

Docket Number:

02-AFC-03 (Application For Certification)
02-AFC-03C (Compliance Proceeding)

Project Status: Licensed; In Compliance Phase.
Operational: March 24, 2005

The California Energy Commission approved this project's Application For Certification on September 9, 2003. The Commission monitors the power plant's construction, operation and eventual decommissioning through a compliance proceeding.

Key Dates

  • 10/7/2002 - Application for Certification (AFC) filed
  • 11/20/2002 - Commission accepts AFC as "data adequate."
  • 9/9/2003 - Commission approves Application for Certification.
  • 3/24/2005 - Power plant on line and producing power.


The Donald Von Raesfeld (DVR) Power Plant Project is a 147 megawatt power plant built by the City of Santa Clara; Silicon Valley Power (SVP). The project is located west of the intersection of Lafayette Street and Duane Avenue and immediately north of SVP's Kifer Receiving Station in the City of Santa Clara, Santa Clara County, California. The power plant occupies approximately 2.86 acres.

The project is dedicated to supplying power to SVP's native load customers. DVR provides approximately 25 percent of SVP's generation resources and helps meet expected load growth by replacing the power obtained through a long term sales agreement that expired in 2005, just after this plant came on line.

The natural gas-fired, combined cycle, wet-cooled generating facility consists of two General Electric LM-6000PC Sprint combustion turbine-generators (CTGs), a single condensing steam turbine generator (STG), a de-aerating surface condenser, a mechanical draft plume-abated cooling tower; and associated support equipment. The CTGs are equipped with standard combustors, air inlet chilling, and heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs) with duct burners. Total generating capacity is 122 MW, with the ability to peak fire to 147 MW.

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:

Keith Winstead
Project Manager
Siting, Transmission and Environmental Protection (STEP) Division
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-15
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-654-5191

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

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Media & Public Communications Office
Phone: 916-654-4989

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