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Jul, 2017

Oxnard’s Power Plants

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A Long Haul

The city of Oxnard (population 186,000) has a whole lot of power plants. Now there are plans to build another. Energy consultants argue that California has more than enough power. So why build another?

Environmental justice groups like CAUSE have carefully reminded the public about the stakes when one less economically advantaged city takes up the power burden. Oxnard posses a place called Ormond Beach, home to Halaco, a superfund site, and an obsolete power plant that sits on otherwise gorgeous beach. This is more than just an environmental and social justice cause. It should be cause for concern for every fiscal conservative and nearby property owner as well.

Californians are paying billions for power they don’t need

I am a relative newbie to this issue. I attended my first Oxnard power plant meeting in 2012. A lively group has There been fighting this issue for much longer. It’s been framed as a conservative versus environmentally left issue. If you pay attention to energy policy, the most fiscally conservative strategy is to not build more power plants in California. In fact California is shutting down plants.

The Los Angeles Times published “Californians are paying billions for power they don’t need,” an excellent article about Californians paying billions for power they don’t need.

Here is an excerpt:

We’re using less electricity. Some power plants have even shut down. So why do state officials keep approving new ones?

Although California uses 2.6% less electricity annually from the power grid now than in 2008, residential and business customers together pay $6.8 billion more for power than they did then. The added cost to customers will total many billions of dollars over the next two decades, because regulators have approved higher rates for years to come so utilities can recoup the expense of building and maintaining the new plants, transmission lines and related equipment, even if their power isn’t needed.

Read the article here

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