By Editors of Power Engineering
After pulling plans for the construction of a 262-MW gas plant in Oxnard, California, NRG Energy has filed a motion with state regulators to place the development process on hold for six months.
The California Energy Commission granted the motion, the Ventura County Star reported.
NRG’s plans faced unusual opposition from two commissioners, saying the plant is inconsistent with local laws and would cause significant environmental impacts. The two also said renewable alternatives could meet the electricity needs of the region.
NRG said analyzing the feasibility of an alternative renewable energy project can’t be determined until the bidding process is complete. Bidding can take up to six months.
“NRG appreciates the CEC agreeing to suspend further proceedings on Puente while a preferred resources (bidding process) is conducted to determine whether this option is truly viable before we decide whether or not to withdraw or proceed with the application for certification,” NRG spokesman David Knox said in a statement. “We feel this provides the greatest options to the state of California while also being respectful of the time and energy of the stakeholders involved in this permit application.”