BENICIA, CA-The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is seeking comment prior to a final decision on a 102-megawatt power plant at the Valero Refining Company Cogeneration Plant in Benecia. The district has issued a preliminary Determination of Compliance for the project, has invited the public to contribute feedback to the determination.

“We want to encourage members of the public to contact us to obtain documents and other information related to this facility,” says Ellen Garvey of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. The public comment period extends through Sept. 20.

The proposed power plant consists of two phases. The first phase will install equipment that will produce electricity for the Valero refinery. The district says that this will eliminate the need for local utility power. Phase Two will produce electricity that can be exported into the grid to be used by other businesses and households in the Northern California area.

The district is requiring the power plant to utilize the Best Available Control Technology to mitigate the projects air pollution by controlling emissions. The Valero Refining Company will also shut down 3 boilers that it will no longer need to provide steam.