The proposed project consists of natural gas-fired combined-cycle generating equipment integrated with concentrating solar thermal generating equipment (CSP).
A California Energy Commission (CEC, Sacramento) committee is recommending the approval of the planned Palmdale Hybrid Power Project in Los Angeles County. In its presiding member’s proposed decision (PMPD) released on June 16th, 2011, the committee reviewing the project said the 570-megawatt (MW) facility, as mitigated, will have no significant impacts on the environment and complies with all applicable laws, ordinances, regulations, and standards.
Natural gas-fired combined-cycle generation combined with parabolic solar thermal collectors
The proposed project consists of natural gas-fired combined-cycle generating equipment integrated with concentrating solar thermal generating equipment (CSP). During daylight hours when the parabolic solar thermal collectors are in use, the solar field will contribute up to 10 percent of the peak power generated. The solar field will provide heat directly to the heat recovery steam generators to produce steam, reducing the natural gas used at the facility.
The Palmdale project, which is being proposed by the city of Palmdale, would be located on a 377-acre industrial site located in the northern portion of the city. The site is part of a 613.4-acre property owned by the city. The property is located northwest of the Los Angeles/Palmdale Regional Airport and U.S. Air Force Plant 42.
30 days for public comment on the proposal
The proposed decision was based solely on the record of facts which were established during the facility’s evidentiary hearings as part of the application for certification, CEC emphasizes.
The PMPD is not a final decision on the project. The committee released the document for 30 days of public comment. The committee will consider input before bringing the proposed decision to the full Energy Commission.
The PMPD determined that the record, which contains a detailed environmental impact assessment required by the California Environmental Quality Act, was adequate. The record includes the Energy Commission staff’s thorough and independent assessment of the project’s potential impacts on the environment, public health, and safety.
The city of Palmdale plans to start construction after securing a developer and power purchase agreement for the project. Commercial operation is planned for the summer of 2013. The entire document can be found at