Commission urges residents to get involved

CARLSBAD — It was standing room only as an overflowing crowd gathered at the city offices Nov. 6 to hear from city officials and the California Energy Commission regarding a new power plant along Carlsbad Boulevard.
It has been more than a year since the California Energy Commission received an application from NRG Energy for the new plant to be built on the site of the existing plant, to reportedly meet increased energy needs.
During the community forum, hosted by the city of Carlsbad, city officials and an attorney representing the California Energy Commission spoke to the crowd.
The purpose of the meeting was to provide information on the plant and the city’s position, as well as give a chance for residents to ask questions.
City officials said they are hoping to find a suitable site inland. Changes in technology now allow the facility to be built away from the ocean, as a minimal amount of water is needed to run the new plant. However, the old plant will still remain
on the property for the time being.
City officials also said the city has been host to a number of regional facilities, and that they support the building of an additional plant, but just not on the “prime coastal property” along Carlsbad Boulevard.
The state commission has the final say, so the city can only provide information to the commission.
The attorney from the California Energy Commission urged residents to get involved in the approval process, and to write and e-mail the commission, as the commission will not be making a final decision on the plant until 2010, she said.
For more information on the project and ways to reach the commission, visit www.energy. ca.gov/sittingcases/carlsbad/.

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