Wake-Up Call to ALL San Diegans

North to South, East to West of San Diego. . . Help stop THREE dirty fossil fuel power plants in our county!

In Nov 2012, the CPUC released a proposed decision stating that THREE dirty gas-fired power plants in San Diego are NOT NEEDED!    But to date, a final decision has been delayed 3x while corporate interests lobbied the CPUC against the proposed decision.  A final decision is now expected Feb 13th in San Francisco.

On Friday (Feb. 1) a related CPUC public forum took place in San Diego.  It was preceded by a rousing public rally. The forum lasted from 6-9 p.m. From 150-200 attended despite the CPUC's extremely short notice. 

The video of news coverage is included. Here's an article from Patch and East County Magazine.

The next morning, the iconic South Bay power plant implosion took place.  Diane Takvorian, of Environmental Health Coalition said: "Congratulations to everyone who worked for decades to put an end to dirty power in South Bay! Let's never make that mistake again!"

Yet, SDGE and power plant companies aim for 3 more dirty power plants  even though they are not needed.   What disturbing, wanton disregard.

You can still help to stop the Pio Pico, Quail Brush & Escondido power plants.   Sacramento needs to hear from you ASAP!  Follow instructions below and please share this article.

The sample letter below from Preserve Wild Santee can be copied, pasted, personalized, & sent.

Email yours to CPUC: public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov & CEC: docket@energy.ca.gov

Instructions to send to Gov. Brown are provided below the sample letter.

__________________SAMPLE LETTER START__________________

Subject: Support CPUC Proposed Decision A1105023 and Prevent GHG Emissions from un-needed power plants and ratepayer rip-off in San Diego County

Gov. Brown, CPUC and CEC Commissioners,

I join the more than 8,000 Californians that have contacted the CPUC to support the Proposed Decision regarding three un-needed power plants in San Diego County.

The Proposed Decision, if adopted, can prevent the emission of over 900,000 annual tons of greenhouse gases by denying purchase power tolling agreements. The most significant of these plants are Pio Pico, estimated to release 685,000 annual tons of GHGs and Quail Brush with over 200 annual tons.

The public would be saddled with at least $1.2 billion in construction and finance costs for Pio Pico and Quail Brush in exchange for only 23 permanent jobs.  

In stark contrast, a San Diego Energy District plan to accelerate the adoption of distributed roof top solar can create thousands of clean energy jobs that keep funds circulating locally.

 The energy industry is lobbying heavily to get the CPUC Proposed Decision reversed. So, we are asking you to protect the public interest by formally supporting the Proposed Decision at the CPUC.


[Your name, your address]
[Your city, state, zip]

POSTSCRIPT TO CEC: Please conceal my contact information and add my letter to the docket of Case 11-AFC-03 – Oppose Quail Brush Power Plant. 

[NOTE: Your contact info is required by the CPUC to accept your letter, but not by the CEC who will upload your letter to the CEC Public Comments online.  You may elect for your contact information to be shown or not.]

________________SAMPLE LETTER END_________________________

Click to submit the letter to Governor Jerry Brown 

Once at the Gov's website, scroll down, enter your name and email, choose “public utilities commission” for subject, click Continue. Paste your letter in the space.

You could also fax or US mail to:

Governor Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone: (916) 445-2841 
Fax: (916) 558-3160

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misswisconsin February 09, 2013 at 03:14 AM
I am a 30 year veteran who put my life on the line to preserve this nation's freedom. I do not want to spend my retired years breathing the toxic fumes of a natural gas power plant in my community. There are other cleaner and safer forms of energy available that do not endanger the health and quality of life of the people around them. I've sent in my letters to CPUC, CEC and Gov. Brown, have you?
Retha Knight February 10, 2013 at 08:09 PM
Our quality of life is worth fighting for! Join the fight to save "Mission Trails Regional Park, Our Health, Our Surrounding Communities of Santee, Navajo, Tierrasanta, Poway & East County! Save Mission Trails is an all volunteer grassroots organization - Go to: SaveMissionTrails.org and get the facts! Knowledge is TRULY power!
Retha Knight February 10, 2013 at 08:12 PM
Knowledge is truly power! Help build a strong coalition to stop the Quail Brush "unnatural" natural gas power plant! We must join the fight to protect OUR environment against big money companies and their lobbyists!
Retha Knight February 10, 2013 at 08:14 PM
We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. ~Native American Proverb
Retha Knight February 10, 2013 at 08:50 PM
Per CEC documents: Applicant Responses dated June 4, 2012, to CEC Data Requests 71-74 71. Perform source testing for nitrogen dioxide and nitric oxide on an existing Wartsila 20V34G-C2 engine or similar model. The Applicant objects to this request as it is seeks information that is not reasonably available to the applicant. The Applicant is also not aware of any recently certified facilities that have been subjected to pre-AFC certification testing. Our reasons for the objection are as follows: 1. The Applicant does not presently own a 20V34SG-C2 engine that can be tested to establish or verify the requested ratio data. 2. The Applicant sought this information from the manufacturer but was informed that no such data for the 20V34SG engines or variants is available. 3. The Applicant is not aware of any operating facility where it can obtain this information.


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