600-MW Morro Bay Battery Energy Storage System Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
City of Morro Bay
Document Title
600-MW Morro Bay Battery Energy Storage System Project
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR
Present Land Use
Visitor Serving Commercial, M-2/PD/I
Document Description
The project includes three components (1) Construction and operation of a 600-MW Battery Energy Storage System, (2) demolition and removal of the existing Morro Bay Power Plant building and stacks, and (3) adoption of a Master Plan. The BESS Facility would be be constructed on a 24 acre portion of the Project Site and would consist of three two-story buildings with a total building area of 91,000 sq ft. Supporting infrastructure including power conversion systems, substations, and tie-ins to the existing Pacific Gas and Electric substation adjacent to the project site would also be included. The project also includes demolition of the existing Morro Bay Power Plant building and stacks and backfill and restoration of the site. A Master Plan would be developed in accordance with the requirements of Plan Morro Bay Policy LU-5.4 to change the land use designation of the 24-acre BESS portion of the Project Site from Visitor Serving Commercial to General (Light) Industrial.

Contact Information

Cindy Jacinth
Agency Name
City of Morro Bay
Job Title
Senior Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Chris Bersbach
Agency Name
Rincon Consultants, Inc.
Job Title
Supervising Environmental Planner
Contact Types
Consulting Firm


Morro Bay
San Luis Obispo
Cross Streets
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
Morro Bay High School, Family Partnership Charter
Pacific Ocean

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Coastal Commission (CCC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Marin Region 7 (CDFW), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, California Department of Transportation, District 5 (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Energy Commission, California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Natural Resources Agency, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Coast Region 3 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW)
Development Types
Industrial (Battery Energy Storage System, General (Light) Industrial)(Sq. Ft. 91000, Acres 24, Employees 15)
Local Actions
General Plan Amendment, Master Plan, Site Plan, Rezone, Coastal Permit
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Coastal Zone, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Economics/Jobs, Energy, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mandatory Findings of Significance, Mineral Resources, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Schools/Universities, Sewer Capacity, Solid Waste, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources, Utilities/Service Systems, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End


Draft Environmental Document [Draft IS, NOI_NOA_Public notices, OPR Summary Form, Appx,]
Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form
State Comment Letters [Comments from state reviewing agencies]

Disclaimer: The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) accepts no responsibility for the content or accessibility of these documents. To obtain an attachment in a different format, please contact the lead agency at the contact information listed above. You may also contact the OPR via email at state.clearinghouse@opr.ca.gov or via phone at (916) 445-0613. For more information, please visit OPR’s Accessibility Site.

Download CSV Download All Attachments New Search Print