New power plant to open in San Francisco
By Elizabeth Daley, Bay City News Service
October 8, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - The California Energy Commission
announced this week that a license has been approved for the construction
of a 145-megawatt power plant south of 25th Street and east of
Illinois Street on the site of the Mirant Corporation power plant
in the Potrero Hill district in San Francisco.
The new plant will be a simple-cycle plant, only operating during
summer months when demand for electricity is high, according to
Bob Aldrich of the California Energy Commission.
According to the San Francisco Water District, construction of
this new plant should lead to closure of the Mirant Corporation
plant. The Mirant plant began operating in 1960, according to
the company's Web site.
This new power plant will be part of the San
Francisco Electric Reliability Project and will use three
natural gas-fired combustion turbines.
According to the California Energy Commission, the plant may
begin generating energy in 2007.
During the peak construction period, the project will provide
up to 264 construction jobs with an average of 161 workers present
About 11 workers will maintain and operate the project, according
to the California Energy Commission.
The California Energy Commission estimates the project will cost
approximately $140 million.
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