As-needed Civil Plan Review
California Energy Commission | Sacramento, CA
Situation: In response to California’s last energy crisis (2000-2002), California Energy Commission (CEC) processed numerous new project “Applications for Certifications” to obtain coverage under the CEC’s Energy Facility Licensing Program. The Program is associated with the expansion of existing and construction of new power and peaker power plants throughout California.
Services Overview: On behalf of CEC, Pakpour Consulting Group (PCG) assisted the Chief Building Official (CBO), as an extension of the CBO staff, with the review of on- and off-site civil improvement plans and numerous supporting documents for the expansion of two existing and construction of two new power plant projects. The supporting documents included grading and drainage, construction phase stormwater pollution prevention plan, local agency stormwater development standard plans, utility reports, technical specifications, FEMA floodplain elevation certification coordination, local agency encroachment permits, Pacific Gas & Electric gas main improvements, and temporary Caltrans highway off-ramp and traffic control plans. PCG adhered to CEC plan review procedures to ensure efficient and accurate review of construction and support documents in accordance with multiple agency (city, county, state, and federal) standards and numerous CEC conditions of certification associated with each project’s schedule and milestones. The reviews also focused on identifying constructability issues and mitigation recommendations which would benefit the overall success of each project.
.Almond 2 Power Plant Retrofit, Ceres, CA: Expansion of a peaking power plant on a 4.4-acre site
. Lodi Energy Center Retrofit, Lodi, CA: Expansion of a power plant on a 4.6-acre site
.Russell City Energy Center, Hayward, CA: New power plant on a 16.5-acre site
.Walnut Creek Energy Park, Industry, CA: New peaking power plant on an 11.5-acre site
About the CEC: The CEC is the state’s primary energy policy and planning agency. Established by the Legislature in 1974 and located in Sacramento, seven core responsibilities guide the CEC as it sets California energy policy. One of these core responsibilities is certifying thermal power plants at 50 megawatts (MW) and larger including all project-related-facilities.