Watson Cogeneration Steam and Electric Reliability Project

Docket Number:

09-AFC-01 (Application For Certification)
09-AFC-1C (Compliance Proceeding)

Project Status: Applicant Withdraws AFC June 16, 2015, Commission Terminates AFC July 8, 2015

The California Energy Commission approved this project's Application for Certification on April 11, 2012. The Commission monitors the power plant's construction, operation and eventual decommissioning through a compliance proceeding.

Committee that oversaw Original Licensing Proceeding:

Carla Peterman, Commissioner, Presiding Member

Karen Douglas, Commissioner, Associate Member


Hearing Officer: Raoul Renaud

Key Dates

  • 3/19/2009 - Application for Certification (AFC) filed
  • 7/29/09 - Commission accepts AFC as "data adequate."
  • 12/17/2010 - Commission staff releases Preliminary Staff Assessment.
  • 8/31/2011 - Commission staff releases Final Staff Analysis.
  • 2/15/2012 - Committee releases Presiding Member's Proposed Decision.
  • 4/11/2012 - Commission approves Application For Certification.
  • 6/15/2015 - Applicant Withdraws Application For Certification License.
  • 7/8/2015 - Commission Terminates Application For Certification License.


Watson Cogeneration Company (Watson) filed an AFC on March 19, 2009 for the Watson Cogeneration Steam and Electric Reliability Project. The project will add a nominal 85 MW combustion turbine generator (CTG), with a single-pressure heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) to provide additional process steam to the BP Carson refinery, to the existing cogeneration facility owned by Watson. Watson is a joint partnership between subsidiaries of BP America and Edison Mission Energy.

The project site is a 2.5-acre brown field site located within the boundary of the existing Watson Cogeneration Facility, which is a 21.7-acre area within BP's existing Carson Refinery (BP Refinery), in the City of Carson, Los Angeles County.

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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Compliance Proceeding

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