Dorian Hargrove 12:47 p.m., May 19
Opposition To Quail Brush Power Plant Continues
Residents from Santee and San Diego are ramping up their fight against a plan from Cogentrix Energy to build a 100 megawatt, natural gas-fired power plant on the edge of Mission Trails Regional Park, where Santee and San Diego meet.
Two weeks ago, conservation group Preserve Wild Santee, submitted a letter to San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders and the City's planning commissioners urging them to reject the Quail Brush Power Plant. Mayoral hopeful Congressman Bob Filner signed the letter along with elected officials in Santee and environmental groups.
Now, members from Save Mission Trails, are using SDG&E's on words to try and defeat the proposal.
"This summer, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is reminding customers that, while adequate electricity supplies are lined up to meet customers' energy needs, conservation and demand response will still be vital during extremely hot weather or an unplanned power plant outage or transmission line emergency," reads a press release from SDG&E printed in today's edition of the Sacramento Bee.
"SDG&E says they can meet demands for power this summer, that is, even with San Onofre [Nuclear Power Plant] offline. The article validates point that new power plant is not needed," wrote one resident in an email.
San Diego's Planning Commissioners will vote on the project at a June 28 hearing.