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A Santee Group Fights Back Against A Proposed Power Plant

Evening Edition

Robin Kedward, spokesperson for Stop the Santee Power Plant, spoke to "Evening Edition" about the proposed power plant.

Aired 3/22/12 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Lori Ziebart - project manager for the Quail Bush Generation Project for Cogentrix Energy.

Robin Kedward - spokesperson for Stop the Santee Power Plant



Proposed Location of the Quail Brush Generation Project

Proposed Location of the Quail Brush Generation Project

Proposed power plant site location map - posted on November 28, 2011.

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A meeting about a proposed power plant on the outskirts of San Diego is generating some of its own heat.

The California Energy Commission holds a public workshop on the proposed Quail Brush Generation Project today.

A group of locals has organized under the name Stop the Santee Power Plant to fight the plans. Despite the group's name, the plant would be located in San Diego.

Robin Kedward, spokesperson for group, told KPBS they're opposed to it because "it doesn't seem like it's being done right."

He said the zoning of the plant and the zoning of the land where the plant would go are "completely at odds."

San Diego was originally designed to be "a beautiful city" of villages connected by highways, he said. He said the plant would require changing the zoning from residential to industrial.

The group is also concerned about pollution and noise, he said.

People live in Santee but work in San Diego, so "Santee itself is a place where people come at night," he said.

"It'll be just like having a motorcycle running outside of your house," he said.

He added the proposed plant would be 600 yards from a high school and 200 yards from the Mission Trails Regional Park.

But Lori Ziebart, a spokesperson for the proposed project from Cogentrix Energy, told KPBS she's not sure those measurements are correct.

"But what's important to remember is that we do need grid reliability, and we do need resources for peak power," she said. "And power plants are hard to permit anywhere, but they need to go somewhere, especially with so many local facilities going offline. With respect to the zone changing in the community plan amendment, I think that's why we are applying and working through the process so that everyone will have an open opportunity to comment, to participate, and really assess the merets of moving toward with a community plan amendment."

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lzpup | March 22, 2012 at 12:49 p.m. ― 5 years ago

It is unbelievable that they would even consider building a power plant
On the border of the park
In a residential area
1500 feet from a school.
Everyone with-in 3-5 miles is going to suffer a 3-5% hit on their property values.
Looks like Goldman and Sachs decided they left a little money on the table and they are coming back for a bigger slice. True Evil to make a fast buck endangering the elderly and the young. No thanks we don't want them to Kill our park, our homes and our families

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lzpup | March 22, 2012 at 1:52 p.m. ― 5 years ago

Here is a better map : showing how close it is to the High School, check it out that is 60 Decibels of noise in the class room, loader than rush hour traffic, but 24 hours a day. Try teaching in that!

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benz72 | March 22, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. ― 5 years ago

It is easier to baffle, dampen or cancel noise than it is to create power from nothing.
If everybody decides to NIMBY industrial power production then I hope we are also willing to generate non-industrial scale power in ... our own back yards.
Do we need it? only if you want to be able to buy electricity off the grid at a reasonable rate.

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lzpup | March 22, 2012 at 2:55 p.m. ― 5 years ago

Bad map Link, here is the correct one:

The Counter NIMBY argument does not hold water in this case:

1. the MTRP park is a resource used by all of San Diego , it is a loss for the entire county
2. The Carefree rezoning of Open Space at a whim is the first domino in a long line, it won't stop in just this area
3. We are not talking about just noise here, this is pollution directly in a residential area

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Osomotley | March 22, 2012 at 7:05 p.m. ― 5 years ago

Mission Trails Regional Park is a resource to everyone in Greater San Diego. Putting a power plant with 11 100 foot tall stack pumping out pollution into that valley will cause harm to all of us that use the park to hike and bike, and want to breathe clean air while doing it ...

I'm opposed and I don't live in Santee.

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rmbella | March 22, 2012 at 8:02 p.m. ― 5 years ago

Please consider relocating this Power Plant, the long term risks are not known being so close to schools and homes. I'm asking only to move it farther away from the homes and schools where children could be impacted.

The credentials and laws are all being followed to the letter to build this plant, just not the human factor of children and homes so close, please just consider moving it farther away.

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