CPUC Public Comment(5/4) and Hearing(5/7) on New NG Plant

Speak Up for Clean Energy, and Against Natural Gas!

On Thursday, the CPUC will vote on an application by SDG&E to enter a contract that would build a new 600MW natural gas plant in Carlsbad. In spite of an ALJ's recommendation to wait and have the utility review other bids, including those that would provide renewable energy, CPUC President Michael Picker, has proposed a "compromise" for a 500MW NG plant. (The new power source would partially replace San Onofre, as well as an NG plant in the area that is scheduled for retirement.)

The meeting on Thursday will have public comment, and you can submit comments online until Monday(5/4) at 5:00pm to public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov  and reference Proceeding A.14-07-009. Sample message below.

Background here.

"I'm writing with respect to item 47 on the agenda for May 7. I support Commissioner Florio's proposed decision rejecting SDG&E's application for a 600 MW natural gas plant and oppose Commissioner Picker's alternative proposal for a 500 MW natural gas plant. As Commissioner Florio rightly and ALJ Yacknin rightly concur, SDG&E must fully consider and give preference to all clean energy bids before defaulting to natural gas.
California is at a crossroads. If we are to achieve the ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets set by Governor Brown, we must transition rapidly to 100% clean energy. Building a new gas-powered plant is a big step in the wrong direction, one that serves the short-term interests of a monopoly utility and a Fortune 250 energy oligarch (NRG).

There is not a moment to lose in the race to develop a statewide network of local, distributed renewable energy generating stations. The growing number of Community Choice Energy programs are doing just that, and it's folly to empower a dinosaur utility to saddle us with a new dirty power plant at the 11th hour. The whole world is watching."



May 07, 2015 at 9:30am - 12:30pm
California Public Utilities Commission
Amy Allen ·
emmanuel olabode Amy Allen

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