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The South Bay Power Plant is now one step closer to getting dismantled. In a October 25 letter, executives from former plant-operator Dynegy, Inc. agreed to strip the 51-year old plant in two-steps. The first step being demolishing the structure above-ground and then removing the pipes and foundation underground, to a depth of four-feet.

Residents of Chula Vista have wanted to pull the plug on the plant for years. Their wishes were granted in December 2010, when the California Independent System Operator, who oversees power plant operations, ruled that the power produced at the plant was no longer needed.

"Dismantling and demolishing the South Bay Power Plant is a critical step in our plans for the Chula Vista waterfront, which is one of the prime pieces of coastal real estate in all of California," stated Scott Peters, Chairman of the Board of Port Commissioners, in a Port news release.

Before tearing the plant down, Dynegy will first need to obtain permits from the City of Chula Vista and the California Coastal Commission.

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Founder Oct. 26, 2011 @ 2:13 p.m.

It is really a shame that this site cannot be used to construct a state of the art ocean salt water to fresh water treatment plant which would provide San Diego with a much needed source of low cost fresh water in the near future!


Visduh Oct. 27, 2011 @ 8:56 a.m.

Just one more step along the road of having most (actually nearly all) of our electrical supply coming from far away. After that blackout we recently endured, has anyone in a position to reevaluate the matter concluded that local sources of supply have some major advantages? I doubt that. And the fact that the plant is no more than a half-century old means it has more service life in it, if some upgrades were made.

Yes, it is ugly and an eyesore on the waterfront, but that fact should not trump all other considerations.


Founder Oct. 27, 2011 @ 1:59 p.m.

Good Points! I would be very surprised to learn that the ones making the "Decisions" have a vested interest in the future projects chosen for this land and or making sure the SDG&E is the (only) area's energy providers of choice...


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