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CA Energy Commission Meets to Discuss Proposed Power Plant Near Santee

A proposed power plant on the border of Santee is in the first stages of development, with initial meetings and site reviews taking place- see the notes from Friday's meeting.

The California Energy Commission (CEC) met Friday afternoon to perform a , a power plant that would be located south of the near the Santee city limits. This was one of the first times the project applicant and City of San Diego employees met face-to-face to discuss the project.

According to the application for certification: "The project as described within the application comprises a nominal 100 megawatt natural gas‐fired peaking power facility... The site for the project was specifically chosen because of its close proximity to existing high voltage transmission lines and natural gas lines situated within the project site."

Quail Brush Genco, LLC, is the company applying to construct and operate the plant, and it would be done in concert with SDG&E.

The meeting egenda included discussion of traffic and transportation (including Gillespie Field), land use, soil and water, air quality, biologial resources, cultural resources, geology and worker safety concerning unexploded ordinance in the area.

Santee City Planning Director , who was in the audience at the meeting, said the city has an eye on the project, especially concerning the visibility of the plant in the hills north of Santee.

The Sycamore Landfill area, which is owned by the city of San Diego, has proved to be a thorn in Santee City Hall's side lately, as they just finished .

Two Santee residents asked questions during the meeting concerning house value impacts, potential disruptions, gas line issues, land acquisition, visibility of the plant on the landscape and other neighborhood impact issues. About 40 people were in the audience. The CEC said there will be further public meetings and a site visit in December.

To recieve emails from the CEC regarding the project and upcoming meetings, sign up here and choose "quailbrush" under the "Project Under Review" tab.

The proposed project is set to commence commercial operation in June 2014, according to the application. This facility has been highlighted as a power source that would add additional resources during peak power use, so not as many occur.

According to the application cover letter: "The facility’s high efficiency and quick start capabilities will also help SDG&E meet customer demand when intermittent renewable generating resources are not available."

Here's a rundown on what happened at the meeting:

Traffic transport main concerns

-2,500 trips per day over the life of the facility (truck traffic) are expected. There is concern about the amount of trucks using Mast Boulevard to use the landfill in addition to the power plant traffic, and want to make sure the road can handle truck traffic.

-There are aviation issues: Gillespie Field is three miles away and MCAS Airspace is a mile northwest from the site. A project that produces plumes that could potentially affect low flying aircraft requires a plume velocity analysis.

Soil and Water

-Site is located in high priority zone, required to meet requirements such for storm water discharge.

-1,000 gallons of water will be used per minute during construction. Apparently, the City of San Diego has a fire hydrant on Mast, they want to truck that water to the site.

Air Quality

- Non-traditional emission reduction projects, such as street sweeping and tree planting, are being discussed.

-Searching for ways to use gas generated by waste in the Sycamore Landfill in the power plant.

Biological Resources

- CEC is concerned about Quino Checkerspot Butterfly environment being affected by the plumes.

-CEC wonders where will lost natural environments of Sycamore Canyon will be replaced?

-Golden Star species may require transplantation.

-The power company agrees that environmental impacts will be there, and there needs to be mediation. What that will be isn't yet clear.

-They hope to build on as much already "disturbed land" on Sycamore Landfill property as possible.

For source documents, including maps and applications, go here.

 

What do you think about the proposed power plant? Share your opinion in comments below, or in the poll here.

Bill Cooper December 03, 2011 at 04:26 PM
Picture this...cresting the summit of SR-52 while heading east, the once beautiful view of expansive mountains and a fertile valley in the distance is now dominated by a generation plant with towering smoke stacks spewing it’s exhaust across the entire rural community of Santee. If a generation plant is needed, move it to the north of the landfill plant, still within reach of the power grid--but more importantly--out of the view and far from the noses of Santee residents. San Diego and SDG&E seem to have no concern for our people while making big plans for more power and an expanded dump.
Rick December 04, 2011 at 04:13 PM
1,000 gallons iof water per minute ... during construction ... seriously? What in the world are they using 60,000 gallons of water an hour for? If they must build something, find an area far more rural and significantly less populated. This is absurd and by the time the people wake up, it will be far too late to fight, ... note the expansion of Las Colinas.
rudy reyes December 04, 2011 at 05:40 PM
Idiots on Santee council! Solar! Consideration of our future. Solar panel on every roof, creating a solar grid, everyone getting rate reduction. Sdge and Santee council again showing fascist roots! Vote idiots out!!!!!
Margie Logue December 05, 2011 at 02:58 PM
When I looked up plume an example was "a plune of smoke" Just what Santee needs. Coming down 52 into Santee, there is a visable layer of smog?...add plumes of smoke to that and let it sit in the valley Santee is in. I took out my lawn because I couldn't afford the water, but they will go through 1,000 gal/min. I don't know who says they will pay for it, but you know residents in Santee will end up picking up part of that tab. SDG&E is "inviolved". How? We've seen how SDG&E has acted in Lakeside in the Powerlink project. Came in and rode roughshod over citizens. They have committed several violations already. I agree, we have to wake up and be proactive. Lakeside and SDG&E,.. Las Colinas expansion. When does what the people want matter anymore? I guess when they yell loud enough. Mic check
safesantee January 18, 2012 at 10:23 PM
We do need more power and after the so cal black out and the one the other week, its more obvious now than ever. Yet somehow though the city of san diego makes this look like a scheme. weather it be they just dont want to see it or deal with the environmental impact it would bring to their city, they just somehow always make these seem like "It will be great for us.... and it could benefit you if we felt like adding these extra amenities or etc" and it just takes something that should benifit us all and makes it so it benefits most of SD but then in turn ruins a small part of east county. Its our county too and we dont want to see the jail. power plant or dump, but yet were dealing with your dump and jail and now your asking us to enjoy the view of your power plant? You dont want to see your trash and neither do we, this can be built out of view and out of mind, but as long as san diego keeps thinking that santee is the children's cesspool (la jolla seal pool of east county) of east county this will keep happening.
TM January 21, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Please contact me--our HOA has submitted a Statement of Opposition at the CEC website and are attempting to organize public awareness & increased attendance at the upcoming Jan 25th meeting. tmcchoa@live.com.
TM January 21, 2012 at 05:19 PM
1/21/12 Please contact me--our HOA has submitted a Statement of Opposition at the CEC website and are attempting to organize public awareness & increased attendance at the upcoming Jan 25th meeting. tmcchoa@live.com.
TM January 21, 2012 at 05:20 PM
1/21/12 Please contact me--our HOA has submitted a Statement of Opposition at the CEC website and are attempting to organize public awareness & increased attendance at the upcoming Jan 25th meeting. tmcchoa@live.com.
TM January 21, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Please contact me--our HOA has submitted a Statement of Opposition at the CEC website and are attempting to organize public awareness & increased attendance at the upcoming Jan 25th meeting. tmcchoa@live.com.
TM January 21, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Please contact me--our HOA has submitted a Statement of Opposition at the CEC website and are attempting to organize public awareness & increased attendance at the upcoming Jan 25th meeting. tmcchoa@live.com.
TM January 21, 2012 at 05:27 PM
SANTEE RESIDENTS. . . PLEASE CONTACT ME TO RAISE AWARENESS & OPPOSITION TO THIS---ESPECIALLY FOR THE UPCOMING JANUARY 25, 2012 MEETING. WE MUST INSIST ON EXTENDING PUBLIC MEETINGS AS THIS HAS NOT BEEN WIDELY PUBLICIZED FOR REAL PUBLIC COMMENT. PLEASE CONTACT TMCCHOA@LIVE.COM GET TO THE MEETING JANUARY 25TH. TO LEARN HOW YOU MAY PARTICIPATE WITH OTHER SANTEE RESIDENTS THAT HAVE MADE OFFICIAL STATEMENTS OF OPPOSITION TO THE CEC AND LEARN HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR OWN -- PLEASE CONTACT TMCCHOA@LIVE.COM IF YOU LIVE ALONG MAST BLVD OR WEST HILLS PARKWAY NEAR THE 52---PLEASE ALLOW OUR GROUP TO ERECT A BANNER IN YOUR BACKYARD TO RAISE PUBLIC AWARENESS. THANK YOU. TMCCHOA@LIVE.COM
Motivated Santee Citizen January 21, 2012 at 09:14 PM
I believe whatever is in the smoke from the stacks will be harmful to the health of Santee residents. That, along with the particulate matter that the wind blows out of the landfill will make Santee an unhealthy place to live in. I also believe this will have a major negative impact on Santee property values. It may even impact Santee Lakes as well.
Erin Brockovich February 16, 2012 at 10:53 PM
If I can see it and smell it from my bedroom window well then it's too close. There are too many factors opposing it's location. Air, water, noise, soil. Let's review. Mtrp santee lakes, west hills high school, sycamore canyon school, my bedroom window, ca 52,Air traffic, a gas pipeline and a landfill. In conclusion the area is simply inappropriate. Find a new hill :)
Terry Rainey March 14, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Its near a high school. Its near a public park, its near water dranage, It will affect traffic on the new opened 52 that can't take what it has now. This is a bad idea all around.

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