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Energy commission intends to reject Mandalay gas turbine power plant project

Energy commission intends to reject Mandalay gas turbine power plant project

By George Miller The California Energy Commission signalled that it intends to reject the Mandalay power plant replacement application, which applicant NRG has named the “Puente” (bridge) Project. This would be a state of the art natural gas turbine plant to replace the existing 1950’s technology seawater-cooled gas boiler plant. The attached letter says that the […]

California Energy Commission (CEC) Mission Rock Peaker Plant Status

California Energy Commission (CEC) Mission Rock Peaker Plant Status

By Sheryl Hamlin The California Energy Commission held a scheduled status meeting on December 19, 2016 in Sacramento which was available on-line via Webex or phone-in audio in both English and Spanish. The notice of the meeting is here. The meeting was “attended” by CEC staff, legal counsel, commissioners, three representatives from Calpine and about […]

Santa Paula Citizens: No, thanks, Calpine

Santa Paula Citizens: No, thanks, Calpine

By Sheryl Hamlin Over a period of five and a half hours on July 28, 2016, residents and supporters of Santa Paula expressed concerns and issues about the proposed Mission Rock Peaker Plant to the California Energy Commission (CEC) who had returned to re-hear a meeting originally held in June 2016 as reported here. On […]

NRG awaiting key approval for Oxnard Mandalay power plant replacement

NRG awaiting key approval for Oxnard Mandalay power plant replacement

By George Miller After a two year battle with Oxnard government, various environmental and other activist groups, SoCal Edison and NRG, the proposed owner/operator, have received most of the key required approvals to move ahead with a new proposed state-of-the-art, hi-tech, low emission, CA-compliant, air-cooled gas turbine powered 262 megawatt peaker power plant at the site of […]

CA Energy Commission releases schedule for Oxnard Mandalay “Puente” power plant

CA Energy  Commission releases schedule for Oxnard Mandalay “Puente” power plant

By George Miller The Energy Commission, which has the final say on any replacement for the NRG Mandalay power plant in Oxnard, released a “Commission Schedule Order” of activity and date deadlines for NRG’s Application for Certification (CEC Docket No. 15-AFC-01). It calls for a number of activities, culminating in the final staff assessment by […]

Sacramento runs Mandalay Power Plant hearing in Oxnard

Sacramento runs Mandalay Power Plant  hearing in Oxnard

By George Miller In still another of a long series of meetings/hearings in Sacramento and Oxnard, this time, a California Energy Commission (CEC) public hearing was held Thursday evening, 8-27-15, at the Performing Arts Center in sweltering heat. It was to discuss the status and fate of the so-called Puente” (Spanish for “bridge,” because it […]

Oxnard power plant operator tells its side of the story on proposed plant

Oxnard power plant operator tells its side of the story on proposed plant

By George Miller NRG Corp. is the operator of the power generation plants in Oxnard, totaling over 2000 MW (Megawatts) capacity and the only generation plants in Ventura County.  Today, they stated their case to build a much smaller, new technology and “greener” (EPA-compliant gas-fired, air-cooled)  replacement unit at the Mandalay site. Tony Cordero, Public […]

Smarter Electric Grids More Vulnerable to Hackers

Smarter Electric Grids More Vulnerable to Hackers

  The U.S. electric grid is constantly under attack despite attempts by utilities to boost physical security and cyber defenses *Article courtesy Israel Homeland Security Regulators have increasingly focused on physical security of the grid since last year’s attack on a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. substation in California Energy Commission, where unknown attackers cut […]