Plans for Carlsbad Energy Center Upheld by Appeals Court

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By Editors of Power Engineering

The First District Court of Appeals in San Francisco has ruled it will let stand a ruling by the California Public Utilities Commission clearing the way for a new power plant to be constructed by NRG Energy.

The move clears the way for development on NRG’s natural gas-fired, 558-MW, $2.2 billion Carlsbad Energy Center, reported the Los Angeles Times.

NRG’s original plans were to bring the center online at the end of 2017 to compensate for the retirement of the Encina Generating Station. Power will be purchased by San Diego Gas & Electric.

A number of environmental groups sued to try to stop the construction of Carlsbad, claiming it violated California’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

However, the court ruled the California Public Utilities Commission was “just and reasonable” in its decision to award a contract for construction of the plant.

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