Yesterday I took a day off from work to attend the meeting of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The last item on their agenda – 52, and one held for closed session, was an application to rehear the CPUC’s previous approval for PG&E to purchase the Oakley Generating Station. I went to voice my opinion in public comment that the previous approval should be upheld and the project should be allowed to proceed.
Conference with Legal Counsel – Application for Rehearing
Disposition of applications for rehearing of Decision (D) 12-12-035, filed by: (1) Californians for
Renewable Energy; (2) Independent Energy Producers Association; (3) Communities for a Better Environment; and (4) The Utility Reform Network and Western Power Trading Forum. In the decision, the Commission granted the application of Pacific Gas and Electric Company for approval of its amended purchase and sale agreement with Contra Costa Generation Station LLC for the Oakley Generating Station.
When I went to sign up as a Public Speaker I was informed that I could not comment on items that were heard in the closed session. So with a quick change in strategy I changed my topic for the Oakley Power station to power generation in general without mentioning the Oakley project. When called upon to speak I introduced myself as the Mayor of Oakley and spent my allotted time discussing the necessity of generating an adequate supply of power to ensure that our economic recovery would not stall because of lack of power.
Then it was waiting for them to finish the remainder of the open session agenda and then retire to closed session and plow through that part. About three hours later they emerged from closed session; however, we were told that the announcement of the decision would have too wait two days to a week for the written decision to be released.
Headed back home, confident be still unsure. Then late last night, cruising the internet for more information for this post I stumbled across a site titled “Public Results of Commission Meeting April 18, 2013 — Agenda 3313”. I scrolled to the end of the page looking for item 52. The vote was listed as 3 – yes, 1 – no, and one abstention to deny the rehearing.
Now the opposition or interveners (Californians for Renewable Energy; Independent Energy Producers Association; Communities for a Better Environment; and The Utility Reform Network and Western Power Trading Forum) as they are called in this process have one last chance to stop the project. As soon as the report is issued from the CPUC of the hearing results the interveners have 30 days to ask the 1st District Court of Appeal to stop, delay or modify the project. The 1st District is located in San Francisco. Its jurisdiction is over the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Solano, and Sonoma.