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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Setback for Quail Brush Power Plant

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Plans for a natural gas-fired power plant near the Sycamore Landfill were at least temporarily derailed today by the San Diego Planning Commission.
The commission voted 4-1 to deny a request to initiate a proposed rezone to reclassify the 22-acre parcel within the East Elliott Community Plan from open space to industrial so that the plant can be constructed.
Cogentrix LLC, a North Carolina-based firm seeking to build the Quail Brush generating  plant on 11 acres within the proposed rezone parcel,  has 10 days to appeal the commission’s ruling to the San Diego City Council.

The state also has the ability to overrule the city of San Diego. The California Energy Commission has jurisdiction over the project, which calls for a 100-megawatt "peaker" plant that would produce electricity during periods of high demand on the energy grid.
Opponents to the plant, including the Santee City Council, contend it would be incompatible with the surrounding area, which includes homes, West Hills High School and Mission Trails Regional Park.
On March 28, the council voted unanimously to oppose the power plant "unless and until all effects of the proposal are fully disclosed, analyzed and mitigated (to) reduce effects to a level of insignificance in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act."

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