On Thursday, April 19, 2012 the California Energy Commission is meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn Wavecrest Ballroom. At 5 PM citizens will have a chance to comment on NRG’s plans to build another powerplant on their property between the railroad tracks and Interstate 5.
NRG, owner of the 57-year old Encina Power Station, has made no guarantee that it will tear Encina down if the new plant is approved, meaning that Carlsbad would be home to two power plants on its coast. Several thousand local residents have opposed this project because: I-5 widening will create a dangerous situation. This plant will the closest ever to a major freeway; Fire safety concerns; Increase in air pollution; Disruption of view corridors; Violates Carlsbad land-use rules.
For more on why this powerplant is a bad idea and what you can do to make your voice heard, follow the jump.A new report from the California Energy Commission recommends licensing a second power plant on Carlsbad’s beautiful coastline. This project is being recommended over the objections of thousands of Carlsbad residents and the Carlsbad City Council.
The public will have an opportunity to comment when the commission meets in Carlsbad. It is important that you attend!
Thursday, April 19, 2011
Hilton Garden Inn Wavecrest Ballroom
6450 Carlsbad Blvd
The authority to approve or deny the project lies with the State of California, not the City of Carlsbad.
Power of Vision strongly encourages you to attend this important meeting and make your views known directly to the Energy Commission that you oppose building a second power plant on the coast. Coastal resources should NOT be used for power plants when alternative sites are being pursued by San Diego Gas & Electric. The proposed 540 mega watt gas-fired power plant will be sandwiched between I-5 and the railroad tracks. It will consist of two 14-story smoke stacks and two nine-story industrial buildings. There are no plans to sell the power locally.
NRG, owner of the 57-year old Encina Power Station, has made no guarantee that it will tear Encina down if the new plant is approved, meaning that Carlsbad would be home to two power plants on its coast. Several thousand local residents have opposed this project because:
I-5 widening will create a dangerous situation. This plant will the closest ever to a major freeway
Fire safety concerns
Increase in air pollution
Disruption of view corridors
Violates Carlsbad land-use rules
The California Independent System Operators, the agency responsible for keeping lights on, used faulty data when it recommended the project was needed in Carlsbad. The agency admitted recently that it underestimated the amount of energy available to San Diego County, and therefore the need for a 2nd power plant was overstated. We believe this misstatement caused the Energy Commission to recommend Carlsbad Energy Center Project and that recommendation was made in error.
Please attend this important meeting and STOP this unneeded power plant from being built on scenic coastal resources that should be enjoyed by the public.
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