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The Channel Islands Harbor Water Circulation Saga

The Channel Islands Harbor Water Circulation Saga

By George Miller When the Oxnard City Council and various NGO’s scrambled to shut down Oxnard’s power plants, seemingly at any cost and blocked a state of the art clean gas plant replacement, something got lost in the shuffle. Unbeknownst to 99+% of local people, the old plant’s cooling system sucked millions of gallons of […]

Harbor Resident Advises VC Star on Dirty Harbor Water, Local Economy

Harbor Resident Advises VC Star on Dirty Harbor Water, Local Economy

By Charles McLaughlin I wrote to the VC Star on their Saturday articles on: “Harbor water turns brown over the past week” / “Flynn commits to economic efforts” I can address both of the above articles with one solution. Beg NRG to come back into negotiations. Now the art of the deal: Request that they take […]

Now Channel Islands Harbor will be stagnant as a Result of the Mandalay Power Plant Shut Down

Now Channel Islands Harbor will be stagnant as a Result of the Mandalay Power Plant Shut Down

Editor’s Note: Citizens Journal previously warned the public and Oxnard Council about the reduced Channel Islands harbor water circulation if the Mandalay power plant liquid cooling system shut down. Now we are there. This will likely be a topic of discussion on Wednesday eve at 6 PM at the Channel Islands Neighborhood Council meeting at […]

Energy commission intends to reject Mandalay gas turbine power plant project

Energy commission intends to reject Mandalay gas turbine power plant project

By George Miller The California Energy Commission signalled that it intends to reject the Mandalay power plant replacement application, which applicant NRG has named the “Puente” (bridge) Project. This would be a state of the art natural gas turbine plant to replace the existing 1950’s technology seawater-cooled gas boiler plant. The attached letter says that the […]

Coastal Commission pans NRG power plant replacement proposal

Coastal Commission pans NRG power plant replacement proposal

Reportedly, at a Friday, September 9 meeting of the Coastal Commission, members weighed in against the replacement of the NRG-operated Mandalay Beach, Oxnard power plant at the existing site, employing controversial arguments of “sea rise,” “storm waves” and “100 years floods.” They would prefer to see it built elsewhere. NRG has proposed to build  a new state […]

NRG awaiting key approval for Oxnard Mandalay power plant replacement

NRG awaiting key approval for Oxnard Mandalay power plant replacement

By George Miller After a two year battle with Oxnard government, various environmental and other activist groups, SoCal Edison and NRG, the proposed owner/operator, have received most of the key required approvals to move ahead with a new proposed state-of-the-art, hi-tech, low emission, CA-compliant, air-cooled gas turbine powered 262 megawatt peaker power plant at the site of […]

NRG Mandalay power plant project amended, now includes demolition plan

NRG Mandalay power plant project amended, now includes demolition plan

By George Miller The fencing match between Oxnard and NRG over the proposed Mandalay Power plant replacement continues. This week, NRG amended the project to include a demolition plan for the old plant, per “Puente Project” Manager Dawn Gleiter: Puente Power Project (P3) Oxnard, CA Submitted to: The California Energy Commission Project Enhancement and Refinement […]

NRG provides Mandalay power plant site rendering, after existing plant demolition

NRG provides Mandalay power plant site rendering, after existing plant demolition

By George Miller This rendering, below, was received Thursday from NRG, current operator of the Mandalay and Ormond Beach power plants. The company has proposed a new replacement 262 MW cleaner peaker plant at the Mandalay site.  It depicts what the new plant would look like, with the old plant gone and other existing infrastructure, as […]

Oxnard Council: 144 low income apartments approved; more $$$ for lawyers to fight power plant; transit & street paving plans move ahead

Oxnard Council: 144 low income apartments approved; more $$$ for lawyers to fight power plant; transit & street paving  plans move ahead

By George Miller  A fair amount of heavy discussion of Council agenda items transpired, spanning low income housing, transportation priorities, power plant (again) and street paving Next phase of Las Cortes apartments approved- $59 million 144 units The 55 year old Las Cortes development near the La Colonia neighborhood, located at NE corner of 1st and […]

CA Energy Commission releases schedule for Oxnard Mandalay “Puente” power plant

CA Energy  Commission releases schedule for Oxnard Mandalay “Puente” power plant

By George Miller The Energy Commission, which has the final say on any replacement for the NRG Mandalay power plant in Oxnard, released a “Commission Schedule Order” of activity and date deadlines for NRG’s Application for Certification (CEC Docket No. 15-AFC-01). It calls for a number of activities, culminating in the final staff assessment by […]

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