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Nov. 22, 2013 POC News Update
Work continues on a POC-funded study of San Diego’s potential for Community Choice Aggregation, an alternative to traditional utility company monopolies such as San Diego Gas & Electric.
POC supports the Run with the Sun campaign for more rooftop solar and energy efficiency in San Diego. Rooftop solar and energy efficiency are two of the locally controlled, clean energy solutions that are needed in this region.
POC has filed its reply brief, opening brief, testimony and rebuttal testimony in the Pio Pico proceeding at the California Public Utilities Commission. SDG&E is seeking CPUC approval of an agreement to purchase power from the unneeded Pio Pico natural gas plant that will cost ratepayers $1.6 billion. As POC board member Bill Powers has testified before the CPUC, this proposed agreement is not just and reasonable, and the CPUC should not approve it.
On November 7, POC submitted comments to the Forest Service and California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) about SDG&E’s Master Special Use Permit project, which would affect the Cleveland National Forest and communities throughout the San Diego backcountry. After POC sent a letter to the Forest Service and CPUC about problems with public access to documents about the project, the agencies took immediate action to have the documents delivered to two public libraries, for which we thank them. Unfortunately, they also rejected POC’s request to extend the scoping comment period for the $419 million project. We still encourage everyone who loves the Cleveland National Forest and all residents in or near the Forest to comment on the proposal , so that the agencies will know that you are interested.
POC submitted scoping comments on the proposed Soitec solar project in Boulevard and is awaiting release of the project’s Environmental Impact Report. The project’s thousands of solar trackers, each about the height and width of a two-story house, would be placed in environmentally sensitive areas and would industrialize rural land. Rooftop solar and energy efficiency are better clean energy solutions.
In May 2013, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved highly flawed Wind Energy Ordinances and Plan Amendments. To protect county residents and the backcountry, POC sued the Board of Supervisors in Superior Court, with the goal of reversing the approval.
POC filed suit in March 2013 against the U.S. Department of Interior’s decision to approve Iberdrola’s Tule Wind Project in the McCain Valley National Cooperative Land and Wildlife Management Area because the government’s approval decision violated federal laws that protect human health and wildlife. The suit is in U.S. District Court, and the first hearing has been rescheduled to Feb. 20, 2014.
We also have sued the U.S. Departments of Energy and the Interior regarding the review and approval of Sempra’s Energia Sierra Juarez (ESJ) cross-border transmission line. ESJ would provide market access to electricity generated in Mexico, making it harder for San Diegans to switch to locally controlled energy that is better for the environment and San Diego communities. We are awaiting a ruling.
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