NRG Energy has stopped improvement of a proposed pure fuel plant in Oxnard, California, after two state regulators earlier this month really helpful the California Energy Commission (CEC) reject the challenge.
NRG on October 16 requested the CEC to droop its overview of the plans for the Puente Power Project, or P3, a proposed $300 million, 262-MW gas-fired plant designed to switch two items of the Mandalay Generating Station in Oxnard which have used seawater for cooling, a course of that now violates a State Water Resources Control Board rule.
The items are scheduled to be decommissioned in early 2021. The energy plant on Mandalay Beach was inbuilt 1959; it’s presently used as a peaking plant, working solely when demand for electrical energy spikes. A 3rd unit that doesn’t use seawater will proceed working.
Two CEC members, Karen Douglas and Janea Scott, earlier this month stated the complete fee shouldn’t help the P3 challenge. “We hereby notify the events and members of the general public that we intend to situation a [decision] that recommends denial of the challenge on the grounds that it creates inconsistencies with LORS [laws, ordinances, regulations or standards] and vital environmental impacts that can not be mitigated,” Scott and Douglas stated.
The commissioners’ assertion upfront of a full CEC ruling on the challenge was thought-about uncommon however was thought to alert NRG and its energy purchaser Southern California Edison (SCE) to the chance P3 wouldn’t be accredited, and would give the utilities extra time to create a request for gives (RFO) for clear power options.
The challenge has been opposed by many residents and officers in Ventura County in addition to state lawmakers and environmentalists, together with the California Coastal Commission. Opponents stated the gas-fired plant would damage air high quality and hurt coastal wetlands and dunes, and stated renewable power sources must be thought-about for the challenge.
NRG, which has headquarters in Princeton, New Jersey, and Houston, Texas, on Monday requested the CEC to droop its overview of plans for P3 and cancel any hearings on the challenge. NRG would have owned and operated the facility plant, and had contracted with SCE for the facility provide. SCE had stated the P3 challenge was wanted to assist meet electrical energy demand within the area as different energy vegetation shut. NRG had anticipated the plant would come on-line in mid-2020.
In a press release previous to Monday’s motion, SCE stated “While there are potential options to the wants addressed by the Puente challenge, it’s speculative to imagine that most popular sources could be developed on the size and on the value wanted to competitively exchange the Puente challenge by 2021.” NRG didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
The California Independent System Operator (CAISO), which manages the state energy grid, in August detailed different power sources as options to the gas-fired plant, although all would come at a better value. CAISO issued a press release on September 29 that stated clear power options on the website have been “technologically possible to fulfill native capability necessities” and stated “the financial feasibility of the popular useful resource portfolios can solely be established by a brand new RFO.”
NRG spokesman David Knox in a press release on October 7 stated the challenge ought to transfer ahead, saying “NRG favors California’s transfer to a carbon-free electrical grid, however stays involved about native reliability through the transition.” NRG beforehand had stated it designed P3 to attenuate its influence on the setting, since it might be constructed “on a beforehand disturbed website inside the boundaries of an present energy plant, permitting for re-purposing and re-use of the prevailing infrastructure.”
—Darrell Proctor is a POWER affiliate editor. (@DarrellProctor1, @POWERmagazine)
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