Proposed Puente Power Plant in Oxnard
- Goal: Preventing another fossil fuel power plant on Oxnard's Coastline
- Year Started: 2015
- Clients Sierra Club, Los Padres Chapter; Environmental Coalition of Ventura, Environmental Defense Center
The community of Oxnard and its beaches currently bear the burden of three dirty, fossil fuel power plants. Since 2015, EDC has been working alongside our clients and partner groups to prevent yet another, fourth power plant proposed for Oxnard’s beaches. The proposed NRG “Puente Project” would perpetuate environmental injustice and be constructed in a coastal area vulnerable to sea level rise and surrounded by environmentally important areas including the Santa Clara river mouth and estuary, associated wetlands, and rare beach dune and coastal sage scrub habitat supporting western snowy plover, California least tern, tidewater goby, and other endangered or rare species
NRG is forging ahead with its ill-advised proposal despite formal opposition from the City of Oxnard. Indeed, NRG’s proposal came in the middle of the City of Oxnard’s process of adopting Local Coastal Program policies which would address sea level rise, prohibit additional energy facilities in the coastal zone (with some exceptions for renewable energy installations), and promote decommissioning of the existing power plants.
Continuing our long history of fighting for the protection of Oxnard’s beaches, in particular the exceptional coastal and wetland habitats of Ormond Beach currently being restored to one of the largest wetland areas in Southern California, EDC supported the City in placing a moratorium on more coastal power plants in Oxnard, and is currently representing our clients as intervenors before the California Energy Commission’s permitting proceedings for the Puente Power Plant.