For Immediate Release: June 30, 2011
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989


Energy Commission Reopens Record for Carlsbad Power Plant

SACRAMENTO - The California Energy Commission today unanimously voted to reopen the official record for the proposed Carlsbad power plant to address several issues.

The Presiding Member's Proposed Decision (PMPD), which was released in May, had recommended licensing the construction of the Carlsbad Energy Center Project, a 558-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant in northern San Diego County.

The Commission granted a motion submitted by the Center for Biological Diversity to reopen the record and hear new evidence about greenhouse gas concerns, cumulative air quality impacts, possible alternative project sites and issues related to three projects proposed by San Diego Gas & Electric.

The committee reviewing the Carlsbad project will take evidence on those matters and consider revising the PMPD. The committee will also accept additional evidence on grid reliability issues presented by the California Independent System Operator Corporation at today's business meeting.

The date for the future evidentiary hearing has not been set. Those interested can sign up for the listserv on the Carlsbad project at:

The Carlsbad project is a natural gas-fired, combined-cycle facility being proposed by Carlsbad Energy Center LLC, an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc. The project will be built on a 23-acre portion of the existing Encina Power Station in the city of Carlsbad. Existing steam boiler Units 1, 2, and 3 at the Encina Power Station would be retired when the Carlsbad project is operational.

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