Plans for natural gas-fired peaking power plant denied in California

The San Diego City Council rejected a rezoning plan to build a 100 MW natural gas-fired power plant near a regional park, according to The Associated Press.

The planned Quail Brush Energy Generation Project would be built as a peaking plant and is expected to cost $150 million. Cogentrix, the project developer, said in the article that the plant was necessary for the region’s and state’s electricity grids.

According to the article, the Planning Commission voted 4-1 against the plant in July. The California Energy Commission, however, can overrule the local jurisdictions and has a say over Cogentrix’s application for an operating permit.

San Diego Gas & Electric would purchase the output of the plant through a power purchase agreement.

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