Thursday, April 24, 2008

Unanimous Approval for New PG&E Plant

The CEC voted 4-0 to approve a new $673 millon, 660 MW, gas-fired power plant in Colusa, CA. The plant will be built by PG&E and it will be the second plant the utility has built since being forced to sell off its generating facilities as part of the deregulation.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle:

"Since the deregulation crisis, 38 power plants have been built in California, according to the Energy Commission. Although some other, older plants have been decommissioned, enough electricity has been added to the state's grid since 2001 to power 5.2 million homes. Another six plants are under construction, capable of powering an additional 1.7 million homes. "