On May 7th, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will take a critical vote on our energy future in California. Should San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) replace San Onofre Nuclear Power with a large and dirty gas plant, or with local clean energy?
The Commission’s choices:
- Support the proposed decision (Item 47) by Commissioner Florio and Administrative Law Judge Yacknin rejecting SDG&E’s application to contract with the 600-megawat Carlsbad Energy Center gas plant and require SDG&E to pursue all “preferred resources” (i.e. local clean energy) before defaulting to gas; or
- Oppose clean energy with an alternate proposal by Commissioner Picker to contract for 500 megawats of dirty natural gas with only 100 megawats of local clean energy.
This is a strategic moment for climate and clean energy. If we win, we can:
- Divert as much as $2.6 billion (the cost of Carlsbad Energy Center) from fossil fuels to clean energy;
- Avoid constructing a major new power plant that will pollute for decades; and
- Create a road map for replacing nuclear with clean energy and using clean energy to maintain a reliable, cost-effective, and resilient grid.
Another issue will also be considered at the May 7th CPUC meeting. PG&E wants to flatten residential rate tiers and add a fixed charge, which would discourage rooftop solar and energy conservation, and produce higher bills for moderate income people.
You can select one or both of the following opportunities to speak on these issues:
- Speak on Item 47 at the 9:30 am public comment period (arrive early to check in at the table).
- Speak on Item 47 when it is presented, respond to arguments in the staff presentations, and hear the Commission discussion and vote. It’s the 47th of 56 agenda items.
You can mention rates for a sentence or two at the end of your comments, but we ask that you focus your comments on encouraging clean energy to replace the San Onofre Nuclear Power Station.
Please note that you cannot represent the Sierra Club because we are an intervenor, but you can speak as a ratepayer or as a representative of another organization.
Thursday, May 7th, 9 am
505 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
Please RSVP to Dave McCoard, co-chair of the Bay Chapter Energy and Climate Change Committee, at dmccoard at hotmail.com.
It is best to sign up ahead of time online (by noon on May 6th). Put in your Name, representing Self, commenting on Item 47 (if you can stay) or just Public Comment (if you need to leave by 10 am).
Please arrive early and follow these instructions:
- Take BART to the Civic Center Station.
- Walk two or three blocks west to City Hall (with a big dome).
- The CPUC building is directly across the intersection to the northwest of City Hall.
- Go up the steps into the courtyard and look for Sierra Club sign to pick up updated talking points.
- If you signed up online, stop at the CPUC table to ask staff to mark your presence.
- If not, turn in a speaker card for public comments or Item 47, Carlsbad, or both. You cannot speak on Item 47 twice. Rules are posted here.
For more information, contact Dave McCoard at 510-524-5171 (home) or 510-367-6039 (cell).