Coastal Commission pans NRG power plant replacement proposal

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here arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;”>Reportedly, at a Friday, September 9 meeting of the Coastal Commission, members weighed in against the replacement of the NRG-operated Mandalay Beach, Oxnard power plant at the existing site, employing controversial arguments of “sea rise,” “storm waves” and “100 years floods.” They would prefer to see it built elsewhere.


NRG Oxnard Mandalay power plant, one of two to be torn down per NRG proposal. Photo: George Miller

NRG has proposed to build  a new state of the art, gas-fired power plant and tear down existing plants and environmentally mitigate the sites, while turning over the second site in Ormond Beach for wildlife preservation/recreational purposes.

The Energy Commission will hold another public meeting about the plant’s current status at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center at 3 p.m. Sept. 27.

The decision  is actually in the hands of the California Energy Commission.

The California Coastal Commission has unanimously recommended that Oxnard’s Puente Power Project be built somewhere other than the site of an existing power plant on Mandalay Beach.

The Coastal Commission made the recommendation at a Sept. 9 meeting in Newport Beach, saying the Puente Power Project should be built on an alternative site outside of 100-year-flood zones where a power plant would not be at risk due to flooding caused by storm waves, coastal erosion or sea level rise caused by climate change.

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