POC is not afraid to stand up to the big-moneyed utility companies and government corruption that seeks to continue the use and development of dirty fossil fuel infrastructure. While we may not always win due to the unequal power dynamics, POC will never compromise in its advocacy stances and will continue to push for a phase out of all fossil fuel resources to save our communities, environment and climate.
Moorpark Newbury Transmission Line: POC supported the efforts of the Center for Biological Diversity to prevent the CPUC from approving the remaining construction on a transmission line most of which was already built through backyards, farm yards, and endangered species critical habitat with no environmental review in violation of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The Presidential Substation Project threatens endangered species such as the coastal California gnatcatcher, and key critical habitat. Thanks to our advocacy work, the CPUC rejected the Southern California Edison Company’s original proposal and instead approved a much more scaled down version of the project in March 2014.
LA Basin/Alamitos Power Plant:
POC supported the efforts of Los Cerritos Wetlands Land Trust and Powers Engineering in challenging CPUC approval of the contracts for multiple power plants on the banks of the Los Angeles River. The Trust and POC Board Member Bill Powers advocated at the CPUC against the Alamitos Energy Center, a 1,040-megawatt natural gas-fueled power plant, and also challenged the CPUC approval at the California Court of Appeals in 2016. Unfortunately, the Court of Appeals sided with the utilities, and the California Energy Commission (CEC) approved the project in 2017. Construction of the Alamitos Energy Center began in June 2017.
Tule Wind Farm:
For many years POC fought the development of a wind farm in located in the McCain Valley. The valley is home to virgin wild lands and is a prime breeding habitat for endangered golden eagles. The 57 wind turbines proposed in the project are a huge threat for endangered bald eagles and migratory birds because the birds fly into them, causing mortality and injury. POC challenged the California State Lands Commission in 2012 to deny a lease for this inefficient, destructive project and in the Southern District of California and ultimately appealed to the Ninth Circuit in 2016. Unfortunately, both courts approved the wind farm’s right of way to develop and operate the wind farm project, and the Tule Wind Farm commenced operations in 2018. Read more here.
Carlsbad Power Plant:
POC advocated against CPUC and California Energy Commission (CEC) May 2015 approval of the development of a new gas power plant in Carlsbad, CA, directly adjacent to the Agua Hedionda Lagoon. In December 2015 in coalition with the Center for Biological Diversity, POC filed a lawsuit to appeal the CPUC’s approval of the power plant to the California Court of Appeals. Unfortunately, in December of 2016, the Court of Appeals denied the request to rehear the state agencies’ approval, and the Carlsbad Power Plant is set to commence operation at the end of 2018. Read more here.
Wood to Steel: The CPUC recently approved SDG&E’s proposal for the unnecessary replacement of over 1000 power line poles at the cost of over half a billion dollars to be born unfairly by ratepayers, wild lands, and wildlife. POC in conjunction with the Cleveland National Forest Foundation fought this project at the CPUC for years, and also advocated in public hearings against this costly project. Unfortunately, the CPUC recently denied POC’s application for rehearing on September of 2018.