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Before and After: Revised Visual Simulations of Quail Brush Power Plant

Video showing accurate representations of changes to the landscape from five vantage points if the power plant is constructed.

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Santee Homeowner December 18, 2012 at 04:44 AM
this is who we are dealing with, Utilities go After Rooftop Solar http://www.kcet.org/news/rewire/utilities/california-utilities-take-aim-at-rooftop-solar.html
SB December 19, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Wow, talk about hysteria: “build that thing NOW..before we have a massive power shortage...." This incorrect scenario is a scare tactic that blatantly misinforms the public. This plant is not the answer to blackouts. Lets stick with the facts. The massive Sept. 2011 blackout had NOTHING to do with insufficient power. It was HUMAN ERROR was caused by an AZ utility worker and flawed procedures which resulted in grid shutdown. Read the FERC Report: www.ferc.gov/legal/staff-reports/04-27-2012-ferc-nerc-report.pdf Here’s a news article, stating “inadequate planning”: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/01/2011-blackout-in-san-diego_n_1468552.html Based on a Google search not one blackout in the San Diego area in 2012 as reported in the news was due insufficient power. I'll give specific examples in a separate post. Building new power plants will NEVER solve power outages. There are many other causes, mostly due to power distribution problems and not insufficient power. Before blindly building more plants based on some ill-perceived need for more power, how about fixing our aging infrastructure? Spend money on system maintenance and upgrades, protective measures, improving efficiency, employee training, policies, and procedures? Obviously that’s where the money is really needed. Building a new power plant is akin to putting a brand new engine in a car that has a broken transmission and four flat tires: whats the point?
SB December 19, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Specific examples of power outages in 2012 NOT related to insufficient power, per my reply to Doug: 8/10/12: 4000 people in Old Town, Mission Hills, Hillcrest, Univ. Hts, North Park and Normal Hts. SDGE said it was an overhead electric system problem and not related to the heat or any grid issues. 8/16/12: Two blackouts: 1,000 customers in Rancho Penasquitos Cause: construction. 1,000 customers in OB, Midway, Mission Hills, Hillcrest, Old Town and airport areas. Cause: a bird flew into a power line. 8/29/12: 3,000 customers in central SD. Cause: problem in the “overhead electrical system”. 9/10/12: Five blackouts: Dozens of customers in La Mesa. Cause: underground cable full of mud and burnt cable in a duct. Four outages in Escondido, the largest of which affected 6,500 customers. Cause: thunderstorms. 9/14/12: Four blackouts. SDG&E said all were caused by problems in the underground and overhead electrical systems: 3,300 customers in Carlsbad 1,100 customers in Rolando and East College Areas 600 residents in Penasquitos and RB 400 people in Poway 9/21/12: 2,100 customers in downtown El Cajon. Cause: transformer fire. 9/26/12: 1775 customers in Coronado Cays, two military bases and near the Tijuana Estuary. Cause: “suspected problem in the overhead electrical system”. 11/29/12: 6000 residents in Carlsbad. Cause: car crashed into a green transformer box.
Mike Walker December 19, 2012 at 11:22 PM
The smart thing to do is go off-grid, totally viable with today's technology. To SB you assume most of the population understands the relationship between an engine and transmission, good luck with that.
SB December 20, 2012 at 06:07 AM
Mike, Point taken, what was I thinking?? To add to your comment, not only is off-the-grid totally viable, solar power storage technology exists now: http://www.kpbs.org/news/2012/nov/27/san-diego-zoos-solar-powered-parking-lot-opens/ Some quotes from the article: Jim Avery of SDG&E said the zoo’s array of solar panels can produce 90 kilowatts, enough to power 18 homes. “Now what really makes it unique is what we’ve added on top of that,” he said. “That’s battery storage as well.” John Holmes, a technology adviser for SDG&E, said the batteries are state of the art..... Storage of solar energy is a huge issue because the sun doesn’t always shine. The 100-kilowatt storage system at the zoo means when the sun goes down, its power can still be used to charge cars or power someone’s house by feeding the grid. Kinda blows a hole in the proponent's argument that the plant is needed for when the sun doesnt shine or the wind doesnt blow.

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