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 County, 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. The project also violates City policies prohibiting additional energy facilities in the coastal zone.
EDC is currently representing our clients as intervenors before the California Energy Commission’s permitting proceedings for the Puente Power Plant.
This work continues our long history of fighting for the protection of Oxnard’s beaches, in particular the exceptional coastal and wetland habitats of Ormond Beach [link to internal webpage] that are being restored to one of the largest wetland areas in Southern California,
Based on our work, the Commission stalled the process to require additional information regarding the impacts of the proposed power plant on important coastal habitats and wildlife. Subsequently, the California Independent System Operators (CAISO) determined that the plant is not needed to meet the region’s energy needs. The Commission is set to revisit this issue after May 1, and we look forward to a final decision denying the project.