At their March 17 meeting, the CPUC postponed taking action on a new natural gas plant proposed for Oxnard. CPUC staff have issued a proposed decision recommending waiting for further information before taking action on the plant, but at least one CPUC Commissioner is pushing for the plant to be approved. This meeting will be a key opportunity to speak up against the plant, and further expansion of dirty fossil fuel power, in a community that is already overburdened by pollution.
The proposed power plant(the Puente Power Project) for Southern California Edison would be the 4th power plant in a low income community already severely impacted by health problems from existing plants. This proposal is in response to the CPUC identifying a need for an additional 215-290 MW of new energy resources in the Moorpark area by 2021. This SCE plan proposes to meet all required future demand with this new gas plant and does not include any renewable, energy efficiency or demand response resources.
The City of Oxnard, Sierra Club & CEJA intervened calling on siting issues of flooding and environmental risks and environmental justice which is being assessed by the CEC siting approval process. The CPUC issued a proposed decision to delay the consideration of the contract until a full assessment of the EJ and env risk is completed at the CEC. This is a huge win, however the proposed decision does not require SCE to issue a new RFP to allow for clean energy solutions alternatives. It is critical that there are alternative proposals before the CEC makes a determination on siting. However, then on 2/12, CPUC Com. Peterman issued an alternate decision approving the contract, saying the CPUC does not have the discretion to delay.
Ask: We need to tell the CPUC to adopt the proposed decision to delay contract approval until the CEC siting process is complete AND require SCE to issue a new RFP to allow for new clean energy alternative proposals. Check back soon for talking points on this issue. Commissioner Peterman has another proposal to quickly approve this without a new EIR dealing with the environmental justice issues raised by the community in Oxnard.
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