Palmdale Submits Power Plant Permit Application

Contributed by: John Mlynar on 8/5/2008 - The City of Palmdale officially submitted the application for certification (AFC) for a 570-megawatt hybrid power plant to the California Energy Commission (CEC) on August 4.

"Our application submittal is the culmination of several years of intense efforts to identify the best plant design and a location that is compatible with the City's future plans," said Palmdale City Manager Steve Williams. "We recognized the need for additional electricity generation to meet the increasing electricity demand, and we believe the integration of solar thermal technology and combined cycle technology is the best fit for the City of Palmdale and California."

The power plant or hybrid plant, as it is often called because of its large solar energy component, will be located along the south side of Avenue M east of Sierra Highway. Inland Energy was hired by the City to manage the environmental and engineering activities associated with preparing the AFC and through completion of the CEC permitting process.

"This is a huge step forward for the residents of Palmdale as well as the entire Antelope Valley,"

"One of the best attributes of this hybrid plant is that it has the ability to produce electricity whenever it is needed but can rely on the renewable energy when the electricity demand is at its highest, during the daylight hours," said Inland Energy Vice President Tony Penna.

Over the next two months the CEC will review the AFC to ensure it adequately addresses all of the technical and environmental topics associated with building a power plant in California. "Once the AFC is deemed to be 'data adequate' the CEC will begin to review it in greater detail, visit the site and conduct a series of public meetings in the City of Palmdale," Penna said.

"This is a huge step forward for the residents of Palmdale as well as the entire Antelope Valley," said Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford. "The demand for electricity has steadily increased since we first began investigating a power plant and this project will ensure an adequate and competitively priced supply of electricity for our residents and businesses."

The City hopes to have the CEC's decision by the end of next year and to begin construction in early 2010. Plant construction is scheduled to take approximately 30 months and commercial operation could begin as soon as the summer of 2012.

To review the AFC or for more information about the power plant, call 267-5115.