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This morning, I was hearing rumors that Competitive Power Venture’s proposal for a 400 megawatt power plant on the Ball Road Basin was not selected by Edison from among the responses to its request-for-offers.

The Orange County Register has posted a story confirming that is the case:

Competitive Power Ventures did not make it on Southern California Edison’s short-list of companies to provide energy for the state’s energy grid, an industry source said Friday.

Braith Kelly, a senior vice president for Competitive Power Ventures, declined to comment, citing a nondisclosure agreement.

More than 1,000 offers were submitted for various projects in the region since September, Edison spokesman Paul Klein said.

Klein declined to say whether Competitive Power Ventures made Edison’s short-list of proposals that now moves into the cost-negotiating phase; he said that it is proprietary information.

In December, the Orange County Water District’s board voted 6-4 to lease Ball Road Basin to Competitive Power Ventures, which had sought to build a plant with at least four 90-foot-tall smokestacks. Under the lease, Competitive Power Ventures has two years to enter into an agreement to sell electricity from the proposed plant and file state permits.

There are no immediate plans by state officials nor Edison to solicit a second round of bids from companies interested in providing energy to the state’s grid.

You can read the entire story here.

This is a big win for the coalition of Anaheim businesses and residents that quickly mobilized to fight CPV’s proposal, repeatedly asking the OC Water District Board of Directors not to lease Ball Road Basin for a power plant. One has to think the Stop the Power Plant effort was a key factor in CPV’s proposal not being selected.

This is also a big win for the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce, which provided the organization and leadership for the effort along with Steve Faessel and many other dedicated residents – and the good people at the Hardin family dealerships, especially. Kudos are also due to Councilmembers Kris Murray and Jordan Brandman, who were vocal in their opposition from the beginning and appeared before the OCWD Board during public comments to urge them to reject the lease agreement with CPV.

It isn’t clear what impact this will have on the OCWD’s lease with CPV. I’ll update the post after re-visiting the terms of the agreement.

Correa_portraitAs I posted last week, tomorrow is when Southern California Edison is supposed to select from the power generation proposals it received to its recent Request for Offers (RFO). Among those is Competitive Power Ventures’ proposal for a 400 megawatt power plant on the Ball Road Basin next to Ball Road and the 57 freeway in Anaheim.

Senator Lou Correa sent this letter to SCE President Ronald Litzinger urging Edison to reject CPV’s proposal:

Dear President Litzinger:

I write to express my strong opposition to the proposed construction of a power plant on the Orange County Water District property known as the Ball Road Basin in the City of Anaheim. As a state legislator that has represented the City of Anaheim for the past 16 years, the Ball Road Basin is not an appropriate site for a power plant.

The Ball Road Basin property is currently owned by the Orange County Water District and is zoned for open space by the City of Anaheim. The proposed 300-600 megawatt power plant would negatively affect nearby entertainment and commercial businesses, as well as residents that are in proximity to the proposed site. The City of Anaheim owns its own electric utility and would not benefit from this proposed plant. The City recently opened a power plant a few miles away in an appropriately zoned area. Your agency has already identified this site as a low priority space for generating new electricity.

I have received many phone calls and emails from my constituents regarding their strong opposition to the proposed power plant. As a native of Anaheim, I too stand in opposition to the proposed project. Currently, the Ball Road Basin area is zoned as open space and should be kept as such. The City has expressed interest in building much needed recreation space for its residents. As a teenager that was active in sports and fitness, I saw the need for Anaheim residents to have a space to exercise in an urban area.

 

I ask that you consider opposing the proposed power plant on the Ball Road Basin. Please contact my District Office at (714) 558-4400 if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

LOU CORREA

California State Senator, 34th Senate District

Kudos to Sen. Correa for stepping up to the plate on this issue. If Edison doesn’t select the CPV proposal, that should end the matter and hopefully open a pathway to a better use of the Ball Road Basin that is compatible with the surrounding area.

One of the milestones on Competitive Power Ventures’s proposal to build a 400 megawatt power plant in OCWD-owned land in Anaheim arrives next week.

On Thursday, January 30, Edison will notifies offerors who responded to its 2013 request-for-offers whether or not they’re projects have made the shortlist for consideration for contracts.

If CPV’s offer doesn’t make the shortlist, it’s my understanding their  proposal for a Ball Road Basin power plant is dead – as far as this RFO is concerned.

Readers will recall that the OC Water District Board of Directors voted on December 9 to approve leasing Ball Road Basin to CPV for the purpose of building a power plant (although some directors declaimed they were not actually voting for the construction of a power plant even as they voted to approve a land lease for that express purpose).

The vote was 6-4, the bare majority necessary to approve the lease, which would have failed on a 5 to 5 tie. One of those six was Fullerton City Councilman Bruce Whitaker, who was appointed in August of 2012. [Three of the 10 OCWD directors are appointed by the city councils of Fullerton, Anaheim and Santa Ana, respectively; the remaining seven are elected by single-member districts. OCWD directors are paid $221.13 per day of service, up to a maximum of 10 days per month. They’re also eligible for health insurance, life/accidental death and dismemberment insurance, retirement benefits and an electronic equipment allowance.]

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The Anaheim Neighborhood Association is hosting a series of “Hot Topic” community meetings this year, each one focused on a front-burner issue for the city.

The first meeting is January 8 at 7:00 p.m. at 319 N. Harbor Boulevard in Anaheim. The topic is the controversial power plant that Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) proposes building on the Ball Road Basin, a non-functioning recharge basin owned by the Orange County Water District (OCWD) and adjacent to the Anaheim Auto Mall and near established residential neighborhoods and high-profile venues such as the Honda Center.

On December 9, the OCWD Board of Directors, by a vote of 6-4, approved the 20-acre parcel to CPV (which hopes to win a power generation contract with Southern California Edison).

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cathy greenOne of the arguments against dividing Anaheim into single-member council districts is that it makes the council dynamic more parochial and fractious because councilmembers will tend to place the interests of their section of the city above the interests of the city as a whole.

We saw that in action on December 9 when members of the OC Water District Board of Directors were explaining why they were voting for or against leasing the Ball Road Basin for the construction of a power plant. Seven of the 10 members of the OCWD Board are elected from single-member districts (they call them “divisions”). Director Cathy Green represents Division 6, which is composed of parts of Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach.

Green told the crowd of Anaheim residents and business employees she had prepared explanations for casting a vote in favor and against the power plant least, and announced she would support leasing Ball Road Basin to Competitive Power Ventures. Green said the lease would generate revenue for the OCWD, which would benefit her constituents in Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach — and she reminded us that it was their interests she had been elected to represent. Not the interests of the OCWD as a whole (which includes how the district interacts with and impacts neighboring communities), but the interests of her Division 6 residents.

It’s useful to note here that this vote went against Anaheim by the barest of margins: 6-4. If one more director had voted “no” instead of “yes,” the lease proposal would have been defeated and Anaheim would have to spend the next 18 months fighting the siting of a power plant on the Ball Road Basin.

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When the OCWD Board of Director’s voted 6-4 on December 9 to lease the Ball Road Basin to Competitive Power Ventures (CPV), it was the first step on a longer road CPV must travel to get permission to build a 400 megawatt power plant on the site.

CPV needed the lease agreement approved in order to meet the December 16, 2013 deadline set in a Southern California Edison’s Request-For-Offers for power generation. There are still a number of hurdles CPV needs to clear before it can actually build a plant, and here is a timeline of that process:

January 30, 2014: Edison notifies offerors who have been placed on the shortlist for consideration for contracts. If CPV’s offer doesn’t make the shortlist, it’s my understanding their proposal for a Ball Road Basin plant is dead for the time being.

May 22, 2014: If CPV’s Ball Road Basin proposal makes the shortlist, May 22 is the deadline to complete negotiation of agreement with Edison.

May 29, 2014: Deadline to submit a final offer.

June 26, 2014: Last date for notification of successful offers and to sign agreements.

If CPV succeeds in negotiation a power agreement with Edison for the proposed Ball Road Basin project, it will then begin the California Energy Commission’s 12-month review and approval process.

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The Anaheim City Council last night took an important step in the fight against the building of a 400 megawatt power plant on the Ball Road Basin, adjacent to the Anaheim Auto Center and very near residential neighborhoods and the eastern entertainment gateway to the city.

Ball Road Basin Power Plant
Support by a strong turnout of Stop the Power Plant coalition activists, the council approved a resolution proposed by Councilwoman Kris Murray stating that “if a special district or other government agency seeks to lease, sell, or develop property within Anaheim’s city limits, then the special district or other government agency should be subject to the City’s planning process to ensure orderly and consistent development with the surrounding community and uses, to the extent permitted by law; and 2) To direct representatives appointed by the Council, who may sit on a special district or government agency, communicate the positions expressed in this Resolution to the special district on which that member serves.”

The OCWD voted last week, in the face of intense community opposition, to lease the Ball Road Basin to Competitive Power Ventures for the construction of a power plant. CPV hopes to obtain a contract with Edison to provide power for its customers (Anaheim residents receive their power from the city utility). Since it is a power plant use, CPV bypasses the city planning process and the ordinary EIR process, and goes straight to the California Energy Commission for approval; the CEC approval process includes its own environmental review component.

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“We are not approving a project, we are simply approving a lease,” water district board member Stephen Sheldon said as the meeting slipped past midnight at the agency’s headquarters in Fountain Valley.

– Orange County Register, December 10, 2013

That’s what is known as a distinction without a difference. You’d need an atomic microscope to split that hair.

Let’s say the lease wasn’t for a power plant but for a nuclear waste disposal site. Would anyone buy “We’re not approving a nuclear dump…”?

Yet this is the kind of sophistry employed by most of the OCWD directors who voted to lease Ball Road Basin to Competitive Power Ventures for the purpose of building a power plant.

OCWD Director Bruce Whitaker told the assembled members of the public that he wasn’t voting to approve a power plant “but to let the process move forward.”

Why let the “process move forward” unless you think Ball Road Basin is a good place to build a power plant? Why approve a land lease for a power plant unless one thinks the power plant is a good use of that land?

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It’s getting close to the midnight, the public comments have wrapped up and now the 10-members of the OCWD Board of Directors are now making their comments and indicating how they’ll vote. [There were dozens and dozens of speakers, all of whom voiced opposition to the plant. Among them were Anaheim councilmembers Kris Murray and Jordan Brandman, Fullerton Councilwoman Jan Flory, and Assemblyman Travis Allen, as well as Assemblyman Tom Daly’s chief of staff.]

Director Phil Anthony urged his colleagues to listen to the community concerns and vote “no” on the power plant lease.

Director Harry Sidhu said he would be voting “no.”

Director Steve Sheldon is speaking and trying to convince the public in attendance that environmental impacts will be mitigated, and that is will be very attractive when it is done. Now he’s telling the audience that their “business leaders” will put a Target on the site. He’s sounding like a “yes” vote, which is expected.

11:46 p.m.: Director Phil Anthony just made a motion to reject the proposed lease, seconded by Sidhu. Now Director Denis Bilodeau has asked to speak, and is attacking the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce’s opposition campaign, accusing it of a “scare campaign” and telling the audience they’ve been duped. He sounds like a “yes” vote – another non-surprise.

11:54 p.m.: Now Director Cathy Green is speaking, She prepared two statements for tonight – a “yes” position and a “no” position. She’s running through a laundry list of recreational venues that are on OCWD land; I’m assuming this is a testament to establish OCWD as a good community citizen before she reveals whether she is voting “yes” or “no.”

11:58 p.m.: Green said she’s voting “yes,” saying more power generation is needed (which no one is disputing). She points out that there’s a power plant near residences in Huntington Beach (which isn’t really relevant here) and then said he charge is to represent her cities, Huntington Beach and part of Fountain Valley — her direct implication being how it impacts Anaheim and the nearby area isn’t her concern. She then made an alternative motion to approve the lease and “see what we can do to mitigate the impacts” (answer – not much). Bilodeau seconded. This motion will be taken up first.

12:02 a.m.: Now Director Vince Sarmiento is speaking. He’s criticizing the opposition to the power plant proposal, and he said he’s disappointed with the City of Anaheim and how they’ve handled the re-zoning of the Ball Road Basin. Now he is seeing the other side of the coin and the remoteness of the state approval process for the power plant. Now he’s seeing another side, i.e. the revenues to the OCWD, but at the same time what price does that money come with, and finally arrives at a “no” vote based on the absence of local control over the process.

12:09 a.m.: Director Bruce Whitaker speaking, comparing it to the El Toro airport fight. He’s saying they aren’t really voting to approve a power plant, but to allow the power plant proposal to go forward [that might be called a distinction without a difference], and also went on about how daunting and difficult the California Energy Commission (CEC) process (a tacit way of saying it is unlikely to be approved by the CEC).

Whitaker is going to vote “yes” on the power plant lease. [Too bad this is a power plant and not a homeless shelter.]

That leaves Directors Roger Yoh and Shawn Dewane. if either of them vote “yes,” then the lease will be approved.

12:16 a.m.: Board president Shawn Dewane has called the vote on Green’s motion.

Interesting: the district counsel answered Director Sheldon’s question about the agreement as if it had already passed.

The Board approved the power plant lease on a 6-4 vote.

Directors Bilodeau, Sheldon, Dewane, Yoh, Green and Whitaker voted to approve – while maintaining they really aren’t voting for a power plant.

Directors Anthony, Sidhu, Sarmiento and Barr voted no.

Tonight at 5:30 p.m., the Orange County Water District Board of Directors meets and will vote whether or not to lease the 20-acre parcel known as the Ball Road Basin to Competitive Power Ventures for the construction of a 400 megawatt power plant. They will also be dealing with an alleged violation of the Brown Act by three of the directors, in relation to this issue, in attempt to quarantine the OCWD from litigation if the Board courts folly by approving a lease for the land.

Red flags have been popping up with increasing frequency as this vote has neared. There are more, not fewer, questions and uncertainties regarding this power plant proposal. Anaheim residents and businesses are more, not less, opposed to the power plant proposal. The OCWD is hurtling towards approving a decades-long land lease for a power plant that faces steadily increasing community and official opposition – all in order to meet the deadline for an Edison request-for-offers. [Edison itself has ranked the Ball Road Basin as having no power generation value.]

The bulk of the Orange County legislative delegation signed a letter of opposition to this proposal — and these are pro-power generation leaders. That letter ably summed up the reasons why the OCWD Board of Directors should reject this proposal to lease Ball Road Basin for a power plant:

The property, known as the Ball Road Basin, represents one of the last remaining vacant parcels in the heart of Orange County. With many residential neighborhoods nearby, the public‘s interests must be paramount in any future development of this property. In addition, the proposed 300-600 megawatt power plant would negatively impact nearby entertainment and commercial businesses. Ultimately, the power plant provides no direct benefits to the residents of Anaheim, whose city owns its own electric utility and recently built a power plant in an industrial area a few miles away.

We agree there is a need to develop new sources of power to support our state’s population growth. However, a power plant located at the Ball Road Basin is the wrong solution.

Our constituents have made their opposition to the power plant loud and clear. Supporting this proposal will simply result in an unnecessary and drawn-out public battle over the project.

The Orange County Water District should reject the power plant and continue discussions with the City of Anaheim on a mutually beneficial use of the surplus property. By denying this proposal, the Orange County Water District can better attend to its primary mission of providing reliable, high quality groundwater to customers in northern and central Orange County.

Anaheim Councilwoman Kris Murray

Anaheim Councilwoman Kris Murray

Anaheim Councilwoman Kris Murray has taken a leadership role in opposing this proposal. She has spoken at past OCWD Board meetings and will be there tonight to speak against it. She sent this e-newsletter out earlier today:

Later tonight, the Orange County Water District (OCWD) will be voting on a proposal to construct a power plant on surplus property located at the Ball Road Basin. If approved, the 20 acre property will be leased to a private company, Competitive Power Ventures (CPV), for the purpose of constructing a 300-600 megawatt plant.

The Ball Road Basin property is one of the few remaining large parcels of land existing in Orange County. Construction of a power plant at this location will have significant negative impacts on surrounding neighborhoods and businesses and fails to meet the needs of the local community.

The City of Anaheim has long appreciated the respectful, cooperative working relationship that we have developed over the years with OCWD that most recently resulted in the construction of the very popular Anaheim Coves at Burris Basin and the Canyon Power Plant.

We would like to continue to build on that partnership by finding a mutually beneficial use for the Ball Road Basin property — as an example a proposed option by city staff to purchase the land from OCWD and build a park and sports fields.

As a member of the City Council, I have been actively opposed to this power plant at this location. I encourage you to join the City, state and local elected officials, residents, and businesses in urging the OCWD Board of Directors to reject the proposal and stop the power plant.

There are several ways you can help:

  1. Attend tonight’s 5:30 pm meeting at OCWD (18700 Ward Street, Fountain Valley) and speak during public comments
  2. Call OCWD at 714-378-3200
  3. Submit comments online to OCWD.

For more information on the proposed power plant and its impact on the community, visit  www.stopthepowerplant.com. Your help is essential in preserving the Ball Road Basin property for open space that will meet the needs of the residents and surrounding communities in Anaheim and Orange.

I hope to see you at tonight’s meeting at the OCWD.

Best regards,

Kris Murray
Council Member
City of Anaheim

The controversy over a proposal to build a power plant on an OC Water District parcel in Anaheim erupted seemingly out of the blue just a few weeks ago, it’s reasonable to ask where it all started? Especially since the OCWD Board is set to vote on the proposal tomorrow evening.

Speaking to the Fullerton City Council, OCWD General Manager Mike Marcus said the district determined six or seven years ago that the Ball Road Basin had no percolative capacity and was unsuitable for use as a groundwater re-charge basin. It was decided to sell or lease the land (which is an interesting statement since I’ve had an OCWD Director tell me the district would never, ever sell the property]. OCWD has been working with Anaheim for the last few years seeking to have the Ball Road Basin re-zoned from open space to commercial, in order to develop it for commercial uses as a revenue-generator.

The power plant proposal from Competitive Power Ventures did not come about as the result of an open bidding process in which the OCWD issued an RFP and selected CPV’s proposal from a pool of responsive proposals for a commercial re-use of the Ball Road Basin.

Steve Sheldon 150x150_0According to this July 26, 2013 e-mail from OCWD Director Steve Sheldon to Marcus and OCWD Director of Property Management Bruce Dosier, the wheels were put motion this summer:

Mike/Bruce:

I recently meet with Janice Glaab and her client, Competitive Power Ventures, Inc. (CPV), pertaining to a six month ENA for the Ball Street basin so that they can study the area to propose a 20-25 year ground lease. I understand that they meet with Phil, Denis and some City of Anaheim officials as well. Apparently their timeframe is relatively short because with the closure of San Onofre the PUC will be issuing RFP’s for power plants and they are identifying various sites. They will be submitting a letter on Monday and potentially a draft ENA (for Joel to review). Since this concept appears interesting I would like to call a Property Comm meeting for Friday, Aug, 2 to discuss the issue.

I am interested in an your feedback and comments. Also, please see below and attached.

-Steve

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Seven members of Orange County’s legislative delegation — both Republicans and Democrats — have come out against the Orange County Water District leasing a 20-acre site known as the Ball Road Basin for the construction of a 400 megawatt power plant:

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Assemblyman (and former Anaheim Mayor) Tom Daly spearheaded the letterwhich is also signed by Senators Lou Correa and Bob Huff and Assemblymembers Don Wagner, Sharon Quirk-Silva, Diane Harkey and Travis Allen. The letter succinctly states the case against the OCWD’s leasing the site for a power plant:

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I’ve posted previously on a proposal by Competitive Power Ventures to lease the Ball Road basin from the Orange County Water District in order to build a 400 megawatt, natural gas-fueled power plant. The site is adjacent to the Santa Ana River and the Anaheim Auto Center and near residential neighborhoods and office parks.

CPV wants to lease the Ball Road Basin in order to submit it as a power generation site in response to a Request-for-Offers issued by Southern California Edison (SCE), seeking new power generation projects. The rapidity with which the OC Water District has moved on this unsolicited offer from CPV is driven by the RFO’s December 12 deadline.

A recent development that the media has missed bodes ill for CPV’s plan. SCE released a map to guide bidders like CPV as to the value of potential power plant locations:

SCE power map

Click here for the PDF of the full map with legend.

This is bad news for CPV.

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Anaheim residents, business reps and civic leaders urging OCWD Board to oppose the CPV power plant.

Anaheim residents, business reps and civic leaders urging OCWD Board to oppose the CPV power plant.

If you had to pick an unlikely venue for a strong demonstration of grass-roots energy, you probably couldn’t find one more unlikely than the board room of the Orange County Water District – tucked away in Fountain Valley —  at noon on a Friday.

But that was the scene a 100-plus crowd of people who live and work in Anaheim, and answered the Stop The Power Plant coalition’s call to come and speak against the proposed building of a 400 megawatt power plant on an OCWD-owned site in Anaheim. Mobilizing a crowd of that size on two-days notice to attend a mid-day meeting miles away in a different city is a real measure of the intensity of community opposition to building a power plant on Ball Road Basin.

The speakers included nearby residents; employees from Anaheim Auto Center who took time off from work to speak; operators and  patrons of the Anaheim Equestrian Center; Anaheim Councilwoman Kris Murray; and Anaheim Chamber President Todd Ament, who is helping lead the Stop The Power Plant coalition of residents and businesses.

Anaheim Councilwoman Kris Murray speaking against CPV proposal at OCWD.

Anaheim Councilwoman Kris Murray speaking against CPV proposal at OCWD.

Impressive as that showing was, stopping the CPV proposal will entail continued pressure on the OCWD Board of Directors, who voted 6-2 in closed session on Friday to continue negotiating a leasing agreement for the land with the power plant developer, Competitive Power Ventures.

The next regular OCWD Board of Directors meeting is this Wednesday, November 20 at 5:30 p.m. (the Board will again discuss the power plant in closed session), and the Stop the Power Plant coalition is planning to show up in force.

At least five of the 10 OCWD Directors must vote to oppose leasing the Ball Road Basin to CPV for the lease agreement deal to fail.  If the OCWD votes to press ahead and lease the land to CV anyway, it is equally important that the California Energy Commission – which has the final say over the power plant proposal — sees the community opposition to this site was started quickly and grew with each passing week. The CEC traditionally denies approval when there is strong community opposition. Attending OCWD Board meetings and speaking out ensures the CEC sees a public record of broad, intense community opposition.

Candidly, given the breadth and intensity of community opposition (which is only growing with the passage of time) it is difficult to see why the OCWD Board would vote to lease the basin to CPV for a power plant proposal that is highly unlikely to be approved by the CEC. The OCWD apparently sees this as an opportunity to generate revenue from the site for a short or long period of time, regardless of whether the power plant is ultimately approved – although we shall have to see the details of the lease agreement when it is brought to the OCWD Board of consideration (presumably at the December 9 board meeting).

The Orange County Water District has scheduled a special board meeting for Friday at 12:10 to discuss Competitive Power Ventures bid to lease the district’s Ball Road Basin in order build a 400-600MY power plant – bordered by the Santa Ana River, Ball Road and the Anaheim Auto Center.

Click here to see the agenda and here. for the staff report.

The obvious is question is why the need to call a special session to discuss the power plant proposal when the Board’s next regular meeting is only a few days later?

The CPV proposal is being opposed by a growing coalition of Anaheim residents and businesses, who packed last week’s OCWD Board meeting to speak in unified opposition not to additional power generation – which no one questions – but to siting a power plant on the Ball Road Basin.

CPV needs the OCWD Board of Directors to approve a lease by December 12 — which is Edison’s deadline for power generation proposals. If the 10-member OCWD board votes to lease the land to CPV, the power plant proposal goes directly to the California Energy Commission for approval — completely bypassing the City of Anaheim planning/approval process.

Six OCWD directors must vote “yes” to lease the land for a power plant. If five directors vote no, then no power plant on the Ball Road Basin.

To send a message of opposition to the OCWD Board of Directors, click on this link.

 

 

IMG_2824There was a strong turnout of Anaheim residents and businesses at tonight’s OC Water District Board of Directors meeting in Fountain Valley to speak against a proposal by Competitive Power Ventures to build a 400-600MW power plant next on a site sandwiched between the Santa Ana River and the Anaheim Auto Center, next to Ball Road.

Approximately 150 people showed up, around 30 or so of whom took turns at the podium voicing their opposition to building a power plant at that location. Most of the speakers favored the City of Anaheim’s proposal to build a sports park on the same site: Read the rest of this entry »

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“Would I support a power plant if I knew it would make me richer and more beautiful? Why yes, I would!”

Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) – the energy company wishing to build a 400-600MW power plant on OC Water District Property next to Anaheim’s auto mall, the Phoenix Club, the Honda Center and near residential neighborhoods — paid for a poll of Anaheim residents conducted last night by Western State Policy Research.

An alert reader took detailed notes of the poll, which are provided below:

Favorable or Unfavorable:

– Phoenix Club

– Western State Policy Research

– Competitive Power Ventures

– Honda Center

– LA Angels of Anaheim

– Anaheim Chamber of Commerce

– OC Water District

 Questions:

– Most Important Issues in Anaheim

– City on Right or Wrong Track

– Three Favorable News   

– SoCal Energy Supply Concerned

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Anaheim resident Steve Faessel addressed the community meeting.

Anaheim resident Steve Faessel addressed the community meeting.

Approximately 200 people turned out to a community meeting at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim, organized by the nascent “Stop the Power Plant” campaign. The Phoenix Club is one of the Anaheim businesses that will be directly impacted by Competitive Power Ventures proposal to build a 400-600MW power plant on the Ball Road Basin site, which CPV would lease from the Orange County Water District.

Residents heard from former Anaheim Planning Commissioner Steve Faessel, who lives near the proposed plant and is leading a residents component of the “Stop the Power Plant” coalition. Faessel led them through a discussion of the particulars of the proposed plant, and was followed by Anaheim Chamber of Commerce CEO Todd Ament the Chamber is leading the business-side of the coalition). Jared Hardin of Hardin Honda (which is right next to the proposed plant) and Deputy City Manager Greg Garcia also spoke and answered questions.

Anaheim Councilman Jordan Brandman was there to show his support for the effort to stop the power plant proposal. The City of Anaheim proposes purchasing the site from the OCWD in order to build a public sports park complex for the benefit and enjoyment of residents of Anaheim and neighboring communities. OCWD Director (and Orange Councilman) Denis Bilodeau was among those in attendance.

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Ball Road Basin plantAn energy company called Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) wants to lease the 20-acre Ball Road Basin (on Ball Road, along the Santa Ana River) from the Orange County Water District (OCWD), in order to build a 400-600 megawatt power plant there. The CPV plant would sell electricity to Edison (Anaheim residents are serviced by the Anaheim Public Utilities).

OCWD is expected to vote on the CPV proposal by early December.

Ball Rd. basin sports parkThe plan is opposed by the City of Anaheim — which wants to purchase the site for a sports park, instead — and a growing “Stop the Power Plant” coalition of Anaheim residents and businesses. This Monday, November 4 at 7:00 p.m. there will be a community meeting at The Phoenix Club, where representatives from the city and the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce will provide information and answer questions about impacts of the proposed power plant and the city’s plan for a sports park.

“Stop The Power Plant” also has a Facebook page you can “like.”

Once again, the community meeting is Monday, November 4 at 7:00 p.m. at The Phoenix Club.

According to sources, the power plant proposal is unanimously opposed by the Mayor and City Council, who recognize that it is not an appropriate or compatible use for the site.   CPV is pulling out the stops and hiring a team of lobbyists to try and change that, and thus far has retained Glaab & Associates, Adam Probolsky and former Anaheim Planning Commissioner Kelly Buffa.

If the OCWD Board of Directors approves the lease agreement, the ultimate approval must come from the California Energy Commission.

Stay tuned!

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