SDG&E opens Escondido Energy Center
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
The gas powered plant can generate enough electricity for 360,000 homes. This is the first of two new power plants planned by SDG&E, to help offset energy shortages that emerged after California's energy deregulation. Ed Guiles is chairman of SDG&E.
Guiles: It is one of the most energy efficient plants to be built in the country converting natural gas to electricity 30 percent more efficient that the old electric generation and it's here before the summer of 2006 which is important to meet the reliability requirements of our customers."
The plant uses over three million gallons of recyled water a day in it cooling towers. SDG&E is requesting to modify rules on how much pollution the plant can emit, but Giles says emissions should not exceed legal limits. Alison St John, KPBS News.
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