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Update: Santee Power Plant Critics Planning Protest Rally on Monday

“Numerous poisons will spew from the smokestacks,” say foes of Quail Brush Generation Project.

Updated at 9:35 p.m. March 8, 2012

Opponents of the Quail Brush Generation Project are planning a three-hour rally Monday at Mast Boulevard and West Hills Parkway near the site of the proposed power plant.

“Numerous poisons will spew from the smokestacks, including a projected 50 tons of … carbon monoxide, the silent killer, per year,” said a statement by the Committee to Stop the Santee Power Plant, which has a Facebook page.

The rally—set for 6 to 9 a.m.*—aims to “alert the residents of East County, and those in San Carlos, Tierrasanta and Grantville area of San Diego of the immediate dangers of the proposed power plant.”

The plant would be just north of the westbound entrance to state Route 52 off Mast Boulevard near Mission Trails Regional Park.

Opponents dispute assertions by applicant Cogentrix, a North Carolina company, that the plant would be a “peaker plant” operating at only 43 percent power.

“Cogentrix admits that it would operate at about 58 percent [power] … when it comes on line or shortly thereafter,” the committee says.

Stop the Santee Power Plant is demanding that the California Energy Commission evaluate the project at 100 percent usage.

The committee says it has contacted more than 2,000 affected residents in recent days and has petitions with hundreds of opponents of the plant demanding the CEC consider the plant at 100 percent usage.

According to the CEC, the 100-megawatt project “would support SDG&E's efforts to increase reliance on wind, solar and other renewable energy resources. It would also provide peaking and load-shaping power to the grid, along with several ancillary services intended to assure system reliability within the SDG&E service area.”

For more information or background see the CEC website. For more information about the protest movement, see Stopthesanteepowerplant.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said the rally was from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Things I Learned March 12, 2012 at 11:48 PM
But sometimes necessary: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEqA84R0lYU&NR=1&feature=endscreen
Mike March 13, 2012 at 05:53 AM
SDGE is all BS about green talk???? "SAN DIEGO, Feb. 29, 2012 – San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) was nationally recognized today with the Organizational Leadership Award at the inaugural Climate Leadership Awards in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The Climate Leadership Awards recognize organizations that go beyond business as usual in the management and reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and are presented by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) (formerly the Pew Center on Global Climate Change), and The Climate Registry (TCR)." Are you talking about the same SDGE that I've been reading about getting national recognition for their efforts?
Mike March 13, 2012 at 05:56 AM
How about just make it invisible? Come on Kerri... did you actually read your post? You've just narrowed down the places to build a plant to almost nothing. Maybe they could build it floating out in the ocean?
Komfort March 13, 2012 at 11:44 AM
Mike, I am not sure what you are saying. SDGE is doing exactly what is required to become a solar/climate leader. They are installing backup generation to sustain the unreliable green energy sources. They have to, by law.
Motivated Santee Citizen March 13, 2012 at 08:43 PM
See what a dumping ground Santee is for unwanted projects by the rest of the county? This is despite the tireless efforts of the Preserve Wild Santee people over the past nearly 20 years. Imagine what Santee would be like without their efforts? I for one applaud them.

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