There are a couple of things happening regarding natural gas at the CPUC. Speak on both, or write comments immediately.
Speak out at the March 17th CPUC meeting on the funding of natural gas technologies through the Self Generation Incentive Program, SGIP. This program, funded by public, ratepayer money, is designed to support the development of renewable energy technologies that lower our carbon emissions. Instead, nearly half a billion dollars has been given to Bloom Energy for natural gas fuel cell technology. CPUC staff are calling for reform - we need to be there to back them and add our voice to stop this ridiculous spending. That money needs to go to the critical renewable energy technology, like battery storage, that we desperately need to stop fossil fuels.
If you cannot be there, please write a letter, which you can personalize by saying who you are, where you live and why you think climate change or real renewable energy is important here Note that this is a site connected to Solar City.
In addition, there is a proposal for a new Natural Gas (so, long-term commitment to fossil fuel) plant in Oxnard right along the beach (Puente Power Plant). Oxnard is > 50% Latino and where the plant would be built and operated in south Oxnard is an even more heavily Latino neighborhood. This places the burden of the plant’s operations and emissions (methane, air pollutants, etc) in a predominantly Latino neighborhood. The state’s enviromental justice policies are supposed to be preventing placement of additional pollution burdens in low income communities of color. Plus of course, there is the question of whether we should be building any more natural gas plants at all.
Information: This will be a Big Vote on the Punete Power Project. This is a 262 MW power plant set for an EJ community in Oxnard CA. There is a great proposed decision that delays approval of the plant until the CA Energy Commission has finished its review of the project. There are significant issues related to climate, air, and EJ that we are fighting at the CEC.
Unfortunately, Carla Peterman, a Commisioner, has proposed a separate decision that would approve the contract for the power plant despite having told a group of Latino students from Oxnard that they need to go before the CEC when they came to the CPUC recently and protested. So, on Thursday, we'll have dueling proposals that will get debated and one will win out
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