Lucy D. Barker 6:13 p.m., May 23
Residents of Santee and San Diego now have some time to learn about the Quail Brush Power Plant, a proposed 100 megawatt, natural gas-fired power plant slated for construction just south of the landfill.
Today, planning commissioners in San Diego granted a thirty-day continuance on a decision to change the zoning of 22-acre site from open-space to industrial.
Councilmember Marti Emerald appeared before the commission to ask for additional time so that residents and local planning groups can review the proposal from North Carolina-based energy company Cogentrix Energy. Emerald had initially asked for 60-days of additional public review but agreed to thirty days after Robin Madaffer, representing Cogentrix, requested a compromise.
The Quail Brush Generation Project has become a flashpoint issue for nearby residents. Residents say the eleven reciprocating engines, intended to provide power to SDG&E's grid during peak hours, will generate noise and pollution, and decrease the value of nearby homes. In addition, residents say they have been ignored throughout the planning process.
"All of us feel as if we have been left in the dark during this process," said one Santee resident during public comment.
Residents will have an opportunity to discuss the project at a public workshop sponsored by The California Energy Commission on March 22. The issue will also be discussed at the April 16 meeting of the Navajo Community Planning Group.
image from Cogentrix website