BREAKING NEWS- GO GREEN IN OXNARD!
The California Energy Commission could vote tomorrow to halt a natural gas project in Oxnard after the state’s electric grid operator offered to conduct a study of clean energy alternatives to the roughly $250-million project on Mandalay Bay .
An energy commission committee has been deliberating since a hearing Monday. The power monopoly, Southern California Edison and the project’s developer, NRG Energy, are claiming that a green energy study is simply a delay tactic that probably would kill a project needed to ensure reliable electric service.
The California Independent System Operator, which runs the state’s electric grid, told the energy commission that it would take three to four weeks to conduct its study on alternatives to the Oxnard natural gas project.
“Here we have an actual offer by the ISO to do such an analysis,” Ellison Folk, a lawyer representing the city of Oxnard, told the energy commission as she pushed for the study. “Its view that this is an analysis worth doing is something worth taking seriously.”
Energy commission members reviewing the study proposal are scheduled to meet again Thursday to consider the offer.
The board of governors for the California Independent System Operator made the unusual offer at its May 1 meeting to conduct a eleventh-hour study of clean-energy alternatives to building a new natural gas plant.
Oxnard citizens (and CFROG members) have been protesting the plans for another old technology plant as both an injustice to the over industrialized beachfront and not compatible with climate goals.
California already has mandated that at least 50% of the state’s electricity come from clean energy sources by 2030. Senate leader Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) wants to increase that to 100% by 2045.
Building or overhauling natural gas plants throughout Southern California would not achieve those goals.
Also according to the LA Times, the state is operating with an oversupply of electricity, driven largely by the construction of gas-fueled generating plants, leading to higher rates. The state’s power plants are on track to be able to produce at least 21% more electricity than needed by 2020.
Californians are footing a $40-billion annual bill while using less electricity, paying $6.8 billion more than they did in 2008 when power use in the state was at its all-time high. Electricity consumption has since fallen and remained largely flat.