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January 19, 2013 (Santee) – The California Public Utilities Commission is expected to soon hold a hearing on its proposed decision finding that Quail Brush and Pio Pico gas-fired power plants are not needed. 

A letter from Preserve Wild Santee states that the CPUC decision has twice been delayed due to “industry lobbying behind closed doors.” Preserve Wild Santee, an environmental group that has lobbied against the power plants, now asks citizens to write to Governor Jerry Brown and ask him to speak out for the public interest and prevent SDG&E/Congentrix from obtaining a decision that would allow “another ratepayer rip-off.”

Peak electricity demand has been stable in San Diego and statewide since 1999.  Generation capacity of gas-fired plants is in excess of 30% now. The Los Angeles basin will add 2,000 MW of gas-fired power plants this summer that will further balloon generation capacity. Yet another 2,000 MW are slated for construction elsewhere in California, the letter notes, saddling the public with at least $1.2 billion in construction and finance costs for just Pio Pico and Quail Brush.  

Quail Brush would be located next to Mission Trails Park in an environmentally sensitive area and has drawn widespread and virtually unanimous opposition locally including Santee Mayor Randy Voepel, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, Santee’s City Council, the Santee school district, environmental organizations and residents’ groups.




Sample Message to Governor Brown:


Governor Jerry Brown

State Capital, Suite 1173

Sacramento, CA 95814


RE: Support CPUC Proposed Decision A1105023, Prevent GHG Emissions from un-needed power plants and another ratepayer rip-off


Dear Governor Brown,


Please join more than 8,000 Californians that have contacted the CPUC to support the Proposed Decision regarding three un-needed power plants in San Diego County. The Proposed Decision, if adopted on January 24, can prevent the emission of over 900,000 annual tons of greenhouse gases by denying purchase power tolling agreements. The most significant of these plants are Pio Pico, estimated to release 685,000 annual tons of GHGs and Quail Brush with over 200 annual tons.


The public would be saddled with at least $1.2 billion in construction and finance costs for Pio Pico and Quail Brush in exchange for only 23 permanent jobs, while in contrast, a San Diego Energy District planned to accelerate the adoption of distributed roof top solar can create thousands of clean energy jobs that keep funds circulating locally.


The energy industry is lobbying heavily to get the CPUC Proposed Decision reversed. So, we are asking you to protect the public interest by formally supporting the Proposed Decision at the CPUC.



John Q. Public


You may contact Governor Jerry Brown at:

Mailing address:

Governor Jerry Brown

c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173

Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone: (916) 445-2841 

Fax: (916) 558-3160