Tesla hopes for its Megapacks to one day replace inefficient ‘peaker plants’ in the grid, which snap on during periods of high demand at high costs to utilities and consumers. The Commission monitors the power plant's construction, operation and eventual decommissioning through a compliance proceeding. 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. The project site is located at the intersection of Highway 1 and Dolan Road, east of the community of Moss Landing near the Moss Landing Harbor, Monterey County, at the existing Moss Landing Power Plant site that was previously operated by PG&E for about 50 years. PG&E took responsibility for past years of soil and groundwater contamination and has removed and remediated contaminated soil and groundwater through the guidance of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control. I cover energy, security, Europe, Russia/Eurasia & the Middle East. 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. Moss Landing Power Plant is a cultural feature (building) in Monterey County. There have been no significant equipment modifications or operational issues. Come be part of creating a clean, modern and thriving TSLA In April 2007, the power plant was purchased by Dynegy Moss Landing, LLC, a subsidiary of Dynegy of Houston, Texas. Concept drawing of Tesla's 1-gigawatt hour (GWh) megapack battery facility. At the core of the new PG&E system is Tesla’s utility size battery Megapack. The modular Tesla Megapack -- each of which boasts a 3MWh capacity. The Moss Landing facility was originally built and owned by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E); beginning commercial operation in 1950. The battery park will be able to dispatch up to 730 megawatt hours (MWh) of energy to the electrical grid at a maximum rate of 182.5 MW for up to four hours using 256 of Tesla’s lithium-ion (Li-ion) Megapacks. Existing utility-scale Lithium-Ion energy storage projects around the world. In 1998, PG&E sold the facility to Duke Energy North America (Duke Energy). Phone: 916-654-4989 Retired Units 1-5 equipment (boilers, steam turbines, generators, condensers and stacks) were removed. E-mail: mediaoffice@energy.ca.gov, Documents for this Proceeding(Docket Log), Proof of Service Declaration (Word or PDF), Legacy Compliance Documents Page (No Longer Updated). Maps, Driving Directions & Local Area Information The project replaced the existing electric power generation Units 1-5, (a total of 613 MW built in the 1950s and shut down in 1995), with two 530 MW, natural gas-fired, combined cycle, units (Unit1 and Unit 2). Tesla Just this week, oil and gas giant BP reported a $16.8 billion quarterly loss, cutting its dividend in half. Please use the Compliance Section above. Five of the seven coal plants Vistra named are in Illinois. The likes of BP and PG&E are responding to the growing societal and market pressures of climate change — including dropping costs for storage and renewable generation. e-Commenting & e-Filing have been closed. It can serve as an alternative to more expensive, traditional wires solutions, resulting in lower overall costs for our customers…the scale, purpose and flexibility of the Moss Landing Megapack system make it a landmark in the development and deployment of utility-scale batteries”. In my free time, I enjoy skiing, sailing, classical music, and my two cats. I advise. © 2020 Forbes Media LLC. The project site is located at the intersection of Highway 1 and Dolan Road, east of the community of Moss Landing near the Moss Landing Harbor, Monterey County, at the existing Moss Landing Power Plant site that was previously operated by PG&E for about 50 years. CA 95814. Tesla and PG&E will have the option to upgrade Moss Landing’s capacity to bring the system up to 1.2-gigawatt-hours which could, according to Tesla, power … Each unit comes with a 3MWh capacity and boasts the modular ability to ‘stack’ up to a 1GWh site. Mary DyasCompliance Project Manager Siting, Transmission and Environmental Protection (STEP) DivisionCalifornia Energy Commission1516 Ninth Street, MS-2000Sacramento, CA 95814Phone: 916-628-5418E-mail: Mary.Dyas@energy.ca.gov, Public Advisor 99-AFC-04 (Application For Certification) The facility is expected to come online in 2021 and will be designed, constructed, and maintained by both companies, with PG&E retaining ownership. I advise law firms and corporations, and once helped to get a famous Russian oligarch out of Putin’s jail. California Energy Commission1516 Ninth StreetSacramento, The primary coordinates for Moss Landing Power Plant places it within the CA 95039 ZIP Code delivery area. Toll-Free in California: 1-800-822-6228 I am also a Senior Fellow with the International Tax and Investment Center (ITIC) where I direct their Energy, Growth, and Security Program (EGS). The construction of the Moss Landing site and other such mega-storage projects around the world portends a massive shift away from hydrocarbon-based power systems towards renewable generation backed up by utility-scale storage. Units 1 and 2 both use seawater for once-through cooling. MOSS LANDING, Calif. — New life is being pumped into the aging and little-used Moss Landing power plant, this time it’s coming in the form of clean and … In addition to consulting for both the public and private sectors, I testify regularly before the U.S. Congress, and appear on Bloomberg, CNN, FOX, BBC, Al Jazeera, and other TV channels. If the Moss Landing site is upgraded to the 1.2 GW capacity as anticipated, its storage capacity will be approximately ten times larger than Australia’s Hornsdale Power station, the previous record holder and another Tesla project. July 11, 2002 - Power plant on line and producing power. Under its certified program, the Energy Commission is exempt from having to prepare an environmental impact report. 99-AFC-04C (Compliance Proceeding). Units 1 and 2 each consists of two natural gas fired combustion turbine generators (CTGs), two unfired heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs) and a reheat, condensing steam turbine generator (STG). The firm’s interventions span international security, economics, law, politics, terrorism, and crime and corruption. The California Energy Commission approved this project's Application For Certification on October 25, 2000. SALINAS — A second battery energy storage project has been approved in Moss Landing, positioning the longtime site of a huge power plant as a global leader in the shift to renewable energy. All Rights Reserved, This is a BETA experience. In 2006, Duke Energy sold the plant to LS Power (LSP) Moss Landing LLC, a subsidiary of LSP General Finance Co. LLC. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. My consultancy focuses on political risk, national security, and energy policy, especially in Russia/Europe/Eurasia, and the Middle East. California Energy Commission Tribal Program, California Power Generation and Power Sources, Proof of Service Declaration Form MS Word, August 11, 1999 - Commission accepts AFC as "data adequate.". The battery requires 40% less space and 10x fewer parts than current systems on the market. According to Fong Wan, a senior vice president at PG&E: “Battery energy storage plays an integral role in enhancing overall electric grid efficiency and reliability, integrating renewable resources while reducing reliance on fossil fuel generation. storage system of this size could power every home in San Francisco, CA for up to 6 hours. California Energy Commission The construction of the battery farm in Moss Landing promises improved flexibility for grid demand spikes and load smoothing for variable generation from renewables. In response, the company announced a new ‘Green Shift’ which would see its oil and gas production shrink by 40% over the next decade and its renewable investments increase 10-fold over the same period. The Moss Landing Power Plant Project is a 1,060 megawatt (MW) natural gas-fired, combined cycle facility. 1516 Ninth Street, MS-12 Sacramento, CA 95814 E-mail: PublicAdvisor@energy.ca.gov, Media & Public Communications Office Units 1 and 2 have been in commercial operation since 2002, selling into the daily energy market and operating year around at various loads. I am a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and the Founding Principal of International Market Analysis, a Washington, D.C.-based global risk advisory boutique. California. I am a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and the Founding Principal of International Market Analysis, a Washington, D.C.-based global risk advisory boutique. According to Tesla, this high-density, modular battery can be installed 10x faster than current systems. The Moss Landing Power Plant Project is a 1,060 megawatt (MW) natural gas-fired, combined cycle facility.