Larkspur Energy Facility
9355 Otay Mesa Rd.
San Diego, CA 92154
Natural Gas Simple Cycle
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The Larkspur Energy Facility is a 93-megawatt (MW), dual-fuel, simple cycle electric peaking generating station in Otay Mesa near San Diego, CA. Located in an industrial zone, Larkspur was the first facility to be licensed under the California Energy Commission’s emergency siting process instituted to expedite electricity plants that could be on line by September 30, 2001. Larkspur was sited, licensed and constructed within just six months to answer California’s urgent need for electricity during peak periods.
Larkspur utilizes fast-start peaking technologies that enable it to monitor system load, allowing the facility to react instantly to mitigate congestion or fulfill sudden demands on the grid. Larkspur plays an important role in meeting intermittent market demands and in emergency situations such as when fires occurred in San Diego. DGC Management, LLC is the Asset Manager providing asset management services; and DGC Operations, LLC serves as the Operator providing O&M services for Larkspur, which includes two General Electric (GE) LM6000 PC Sprint combustion turbine generators, which employ Best Available Control Technology to limit emissions and noise.
Larkspur is currently under a long-term tolling agreement reflecting a long-term commitment to California by DGC for a stable and reliable energy market.Download Fact Sheet (pdf)
Available to operate an average of 98 percent of the scheduled time over the past five years.
Community and the Environment:
The operation of Larkspur is vital to the economic wellbeing of the local community. In addition to the direct benefit of providing high-paying jobs, the plants also provide second-level benefits by supporting local industrial companies and businesses, and providing significant property taxes.
Larkspur with its closed-loop system, have virtually no impact on their fragile desert and coastal environments, and have required no upgrades to local infrastructure.