Eva Knott 6:29 a.m., May 23
Quail Brush, Pio Pico turned down, but....
Door seems to open for SDGE to try again for new plants
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), meeting today (March 21), turned down Quail Brush and Pio Pico power plants that San Diego Gas & Electric (SDGE) has been pushing for. San Diegans have expressed strong opposition to both plants, and showed up in the hundreds for today's session. A third new plant for Escondido was OK'd, but it has not generated as much controversy. However, Bill Powers of Powers Engineering warns that the CPUC on Friday slipped in a provision that "seems to open an avenue for a fast-track reconsideration," he says. Thus, he is concerned that SDGE will quietly push for these plants again. (Generally, the CPUC and the utilities that dominate its actions will try to dodge public arousal, but then quietly sneak something in while the public is celebrating its victory.) But Powers points out that commissioners tried to reassure San Diegans that today's denial gives the community two or three years before the question comes up again.