Approval for natural gas-fired power plant overturned

A California appeals court has overturned a 2010 approval for Pacific Gas & Electric (NYSE: PCG) to build a 586 MW natural gas-fired power plant in Oakley.

According to The San Francisco Chronicle, the First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco ruled 3-0 for advocacy group The Utility Reform Network (TURN), saying the California Public Utilities Commission acted unlawfully in approving the plant.

TURN argued that it should have at least had the chance to comment on the proposed project when it came before the CPUC in 2010, according to the article.

The CPUC denied PG&E’s application in July 2010 because it reportedly wanted to limit the amount of electricity plants were generating. PG&E filed a new request the following month to extend the buildout date from 2014 to 2016. In December 2010, the plant was approved.

The court ruled that the commission should have required PG&E to undergo the application process from the beginning.

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