The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has issued a proposed decision that would allow Southern California Edison (SCE) and NRG Energy to move forward with a contract to build the 262-megawatt Puente gas plant adjacent to the ocean on a coastal floodplain in the City of Oxnard. As explained by experts retained by the City, the project site is vulnerable to sea level rise and other climate impacts California is experiencing.
Oxnard is a low-income community that is already home to existing power plants and other pollution sources. The city opposes the power plant. Oxnard Councilmember Carmen Ramirez spoke against the Puente project at the last CPUC meeting where the proposal was discussed. Fellow Oxnard residents traveled overnight by bus to voice their opposition.
Groups opposing the plant include:
- The Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE)
- Future Leaders of America
- Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project
- Ventura County Climate Hub
- The Center for Biological Diversity
- California Environmental Justice Alliance
Because the California Energy Commission (CEC) is more likely to be influenced, a demonstration and speaking at the CEC is planned. Details to come.
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