In Nov 2012, the CPUC released a proposed decision stating that THREE dirty gas-fired power plants in San Diego are NOT NEEDED! But to date, a final decision has been delayed 3x while corporate interests lobbied the CPUC against the proposed decision. A final decision is now expected February 13th in San Francisco.
On Friday (Feb 1st) a related CPUC public forum took place. It was preceded by a rousing public rally. The forum lasted from 6-9 pm. From 150-200 attended despite the CPUC's extremely short notice. A video of news coverage is included.
All who spoke at the forum--except one--urged the CPUC to uphold their proposed decision. Speakers included local officials and leaders of energy and environmental groups that advocate progressive energy policy and alternatives to create plentiful local jobs, advance solar energy and preserve sunny San Diego's open spaces and environment.
The next morning the iconic South Bay power plant implosion took place. Diane Takvorian, of Environmental Health Coalition said: "Congratulations to everyone who worked for decades to put an end to dirty power in South Bay! Let's never make that mistake again!"
Yet, SDGE and power plant companies aim to TRIPLE the mistake and add multiple, dirty power plants and the negative impacts onto our populace though the "need" is not substantiated. What disturbing, wanton disregard.
You can still help, Sacramento needs to hear from us! Follow instructions below and please share this article.
The sample letter below from Preserve Wild Santee can be copied, pasted, personalized, & sent.
Instructions to send to Gov. Brown are provided below the sample letter.
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Gov. Brown, CPUC and CEC Commissioners,
I join the more than 8,000 Californians that have contacted the CPUC to support the Proposed Decision regarding three un-needed power plants in San Diego County.
The Proposed Decision, if adopted, can prevent the emission of over 900,000 annual tons of greenhouse gases by denying purchase power tolling agreements. The most significant of these plants are Pio Pico, estimated to release 685,000 annual tons of GHGs and Quail Brush with over 200 annual tons.
The public would be saddled with at least $1.2 billion in construction and finance costs for Pio Pico and Quail Brush in exchange for only 23 permanent jobs.
In stark contrast, a San Diego Energy District plan to accelerate the adoption of distributed roof top solar can create thousands of clean energy jobs that keep funds circulating locally.
The energy industry is lobbying heavily to get the CPUC Proposed Decision reversed. So, we are asking you to protect the public interest by formally supporting the Proposed Decision at the CPUC.
[Your name, your address]
[Your city, state, zip]
POSTSCRIPT TO CEC: Please conceal my contact information and add my letter to the docket of Case 11-AFC-03 – Oppose Quail Brush Power Plant.
[NOTE: Your contact info is required by the CPUC to accept your letter, but not by the CEC who will upload your letter to the CEC Public Comments online. You may elect for your contact information to be shown or not.]
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Click to submit the letter to Governor Jerry Brown
Once at the Gov's website, scroll down, enter your name and email, choose “public utilities commission” for subject, click Continue. Paste your letter in the space.
You could also fax or US mail to:
Governor Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 445-2841
Fax: (916) 558-3160
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