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On August 17, 2004, the California Energy Commission received a petition from the Sycamore Cogeneration Company (SCC) to modify the Sycamore Cogeneration Project (SCP). The 300 megawatt SCP was certified in 1986 and commenced commercial operations in 1988. The power plant is located approximately five miles north of the City of Bakersfield, and five miles east of State Route 99 in the Kern River oilfields in Kern County, California.


SCC requests that two of the four existing cogeneration units (i.e., natural gas fired combustion turbines equipped with dry Low NOx combustors and heat recovery steam generators) be permitted to operate either in simple-cycle mode, or in cogeneration mode. This request is due to (1) a decline in steam demand from the adjacent oilfield, and (2) the need for flexibility to respond to the current electricity market. No additional physical construction will be necessary to switch between simple-cycle and cogeneration operations. The petition also requests revisions to one- and two-hour average carbon monoxide emission limits during startup-shutdown events, and that the 20-year expiration of the license be eliminated. SCC has indicated that these requested changes will not result in any adverse environmental impacts.


The purpose of the Energy Commission's review process is to assess the impacts of this proposal on environmental quality, public health, and safety. The review process includes an evaluation of the consistency of the proposed changes with the Energy Commission's Decision and if the project, as changed, will remain in compliance with applicable laws, ordinances, regulations, and standards (Title 20, Calif. Code of Regulations, section 1769). Energy Commission staff is currently analyzing the request and will publish an analysis in the next several weeks. A public hearing for the purpose of approving or denying the amendment proposal will subsequently be held at a regularly scheduled Energy Commission business meeting.

This Notice of Receipt is being mailed to interested parties and property owners adjacent to the project site who may want to participate in the amendment process. The staff analysis (when published), and the order (if approved) also will be posted on

the Energy Commission's webpage. If you would like to receive a hard copy of the petition to amend the project, staff's analysis, and/or the Energy Commission's order if the changes are approved, please complete the enclosed Information Request Form and return it to the address shown. The petition to amend also is available on the Energy Commission's webpage at www.energy.ca.gov/siting.

If you have questions or wish to make comments regarding this proposed project change, please contact Nancy Tronaas, Compliance Project Manager, at (916) 654-3864, or by e-mail at ntronaas@energy.state.ca.us within 14 days of the date of this Notice.

For further information on how to participate in this proceeding, please contact Margret J. Kim, the Energy Commission's Public Adviser, at (916) 654-4489, or toll free in California at (800) 822-6228, or by e-mail at PAO@energy.state.ca.us. If you require special accommodations, please contact Lourdes Quiroz, at (916) 654-5146. News media inquiries should be directed to Assistant Director, Claudia Chandler, at (916) 654-4989, or by e-mail at mediaoffice@energy.state.ca.us.

Date Online: August 26, 2004

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TERRENCE O'BRIEN, Deputy Director
Systems Assessment & Facilities Siting

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