SUPERVISOR DIANNE JACOB
SUPERVISOR DAVE ROBERTS
DATE: February 12, 2013
CONTACT: Steve Schmidt, 619-531-4766 or 619-206-9108
COUNTY SUPERVISORS ASK STATE TO DENY SDG&E PACT WITH PROPOSED QUAIL BRUSH PLANT
County Supervisors Dianne Jacob and Dave Roberts urge state regulators to reject SDG&E’s bid this week to buy electricity from a power plant proposed near Santee, saying the project is unneeded and would harm the environment.
On the eve of a California Public Utilities Commission hearing on the issue, the supervisors said the gas-fired Quail Brush power plant would hurt air quality and water resources and have other significant impacts on the nearby area, which includes San Diego’s Mission Trails Regional Park.
“In addition, we believe an implementation strategy for local clean energy is better suited for this region, as it will not only reduce our reliance on future grid-supplied power but also be a more cost-effective option for residents and businesses of San Diego County,” the supervisors wrote in a letter sent Monday to the CPUC.
They said this goal can be reach by tapping into new and better alternatives such as rooftop solar and improved energy storage and distribution technologies.
The CPUC is scheduled Wednesday to consider San Diego Gas & Electric’s request for the power purchasing agreement. The peaker plant would be built on a 10-acre site north of state Route 52, within the city of San Diego.
In their joint letter, Jacob and Roberts support a preliminary decision by two CPUC officials – Commissioner Mark J. Ferron and Administrative Law Judge Hallie Yacknin – to oppose the pact.
The supervisors said there’s no need for Quail Brush, noting the region continues to have adequate reserve power despite last year’s shutdown of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.
The proposed plant has drawn widespread opposition, including from the cities of San Diego and Santee, along with several environmental groups.