In the report, Energy Commission staff agreed with the FAA and the Aeronautics Division of the California Department of Transportation that thermal plumes from the proposed project could pose a potential hindrance for small planes and helicopters.
The “cumulative” effect of pilots being required to avoid overlying the Eastshore project is “impractical and in some cases unattainable for pilots” as they approach the airport, according to the FSA.
Staff analyzed 11 alternative sites in the East Bay region to meet the Eastshore project objective of connecting to Pacific Gas & Electric’s Eastshore substation.
Texas-based Tierra Energy is proposing to build the 115.5 MW facility, which would operate during periods of peak demand.
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