Mr. Potter: You did state at the beginning of the piece that the posted numbers from the ghgdate.epa.gov website was for annual greenhouse gas emissions. But the more signficant story is how efficient each of those major emitters that are energy producers are. Lookup the nominal (non-peak) output capabilities of the three leading county power generators and you'll be surprised to note that the Encina Power Station (Cabrillo Plant) generates 965 MW nominal power while listed under the 2010 stats at .23 G MT CO2e, whereas the Otay Mesa Energy and Palomar Energy Center produce 513 and 554 MW respectively at their considerably elevated .84 G MT CO2e and 1.2 G MT CO2e. The question you should be investigating is how the Encina Station, which was recently challenged by residents to expand it's capacity by 200 MW, can run so efficiently, and what the actual cost of power generation is per MW using the steam turbine generation, as opposed to the two cycle units in place at the other two generation sites. Otay Mesa 2010 emissions isn't a story because it's squirreled away by the Otay Mesa Truck border crossing with (currently) no neighborhoods nearby. How 'bout going against the grain and pointing out the fallacy of NIMBYism when it doesn't hold up--not all data points to a scandal, and using words like "honor" and "boast" belie an anti-energy agenda.
--Matt Thompson — January 23, 2012 4:40 p.m.