Regulators approve modified natural gas-fired power plant plan

Regulators approve modified plans for Calrsbad Energy Center

The California Energy Commission (CEC) approved amendments for construction of a planned natural gas-fired power plant.

The two amendments for the Carlsbad Energy Center Project (CECP) address community concerns regarding the coastline, while providing fast-response generation to help meet energy demands affected by the retirement of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS).

The amendments also allow modifications to the plant’s design. Carlsbad was initially licensed as a 540-MW combined-cycle power plant in 2012. In 2014, plant owner NRG (NYSE: NRG) petitioned to modify the project to a 632-MW simple-cycle plant. The same year, Carlsbad reached an agreement with NRG to reduce the profile of the plant, remove the old facility and support the city’s goal of returning coastal lands to non-industrial use.

Demolition and construction is expected to take about five years. Early 100 people will be employed with an estimated peak workforce of 275 people.

The CEC also approved petitions for the 330-MW GFW Tracy Power Plant to use backup water supplies for operations and the 200-MW Mariposa Energy Project to install temporary storage tanks for its backup water. Both plants have adequate water supplies, but are implementing these measures due to the drought.

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