We apologize for technical problems that kept our blog down and out several days.
We’re back, and there’s been lots on the power plant front:
I’m sure everyone is itching to get a copy of the California Energy Commission’s preliminary staff assessment of the Russell City Energy Center project in time to bring it to the beach for the weekend. Well, here it is at 494 pages, 2.9 megabytes.
Meanwhile, as some Haywardites continue to seethe over out-of-town support for the other proposed plant, the Eastshore Energy Center, the commission is furiously working away on that project’s preliminary assessment due at the end of this month. The e-mail that caused the controversy can be read after the jump below.
And finally, if you missed the June 6 meeting in which two energy commissioners came to hear Hayward’s thoughts on the proposed power plants, here’s the 213-page transcript.
“I see Commissioner (John) Geesman moving to his microphone and I’m terrified,” is one of many choice quotes found in the documents. That’s from PG&E representative Scott Galati.
And here’s the Chamber e-mail:
From: San Leandro Chamber of Commerce [mailto:San_Leandro_Chamber_of_Commerce@mail.vresp.com]
Sent: Friday, June 29, 2007 2:02 PM
Subject: Paid Email from Tierra Energy: Help Protect Our Future Energy Supplies
Dear Chamber Member,
Re: Please Join Chamber Leaders in Showing Support for the Proposed Eastshore Energy Center
Tierra Power is attempting to construct the Eastshore Energy Center in Hayward. Eastshore would be a Peaker Plant, which would add electricity directly into our local grid during times of need. The construction of Eastshore has been endorsed by the Executive Committee, Governmental Affairs Committee, President, and CEO of the San Leandro Chamber of Commerce.
A group of individuals is trying to kill the Eastshore Energy Project. Among the facts that they ignore is that California has a host of public agencies such as the California Energy Commission and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District that have scrutinized this project. Those who oppose the project prefer to utilize scare tactics and misinformation to create fear in individuals.
The opposition ignore important facts, including:
* The California Public Utilities Commission and PG&E have determined that this project is necessary.
* After exhaustive study, it has been determined that the Eastshore Energy /Center will not pose any significant health or environmental impacts.
* Of the two pending Hayward power plants, only Eastshore would feed directly into our local grid.
* The Eastshore Energy Center is a vital component to providing the much-needed power that fuels our industry and local economy. We will all benefit from the improved reliability and insurance against blackouts and brownouts that the Eastshore Energy Center will provide.
* The Eastshore Center will use state-of-the-art technology that will set a new standard for emission controls in a project like this.
In order for the proposed Eastshore Energy Center, and reliable power in Alameda County, to become a reality, we need to get the facts out and demonstrate public support for this project. We need your help in achieving these objectives. Following is a support letter for you to add your company name to, print out on your letter head and mail to the California Energy Commission. Please also send a copy of your letter to CEO Diana Gentry at the Chamber (dgentry@SanLeandroChamber.com or 262 Davis Street, San Leandro, CA 94577) so that she can reference your support in her communications.
Thank you for your support and dedication to helping us spread the truth about what is and is not being proposed. Together, we will help bring safe, reliable power to San Leandro and Alameda County businesses and residents.
June 30, 2007
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-15
Sacramento, CA 95814
RE: (Insert Company Name) Supports the Proposed Eastshore Energy Center
(Insert Company Name) has been doing business in San Leandro (Insert amount of time) and we actively support the San Leandro Chamber of Commerce and its efforts to promote business growth in San Leandro.
(Insert Company Name) support the Eastshore Energy Center project for the following reasons:
* The Eastshore Energy Center is a vital component to providing the much-needed power that fuels our industry and local economy. We will all benefit from the improved reliability and insurance against blackouts aned brownouts that the Eastshore Energy Center will provide.
* The Eastshore Energy Center will use state-of-the-art technology that will set the standard for emission controls in a project like this.
* The Eastshore Energy Center provides San Leandro And Alameda County with critical back-up power supply should a failure occur on the 230 KV transmission system or the PG&E Substation transformers.
For this/these reasons, (Insert Company Name) supports the Eastshore Energy Center project and encourage you to help us bring safe, reliable power to San Leandro and Alameda County.
Insert Company Name
San Leandro Chamber of Commerce
262 Davis St.
San Leandro, CA 94577
Promoting, Improving, Protecting Business!