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July 30, 2008 > Proposed Power Plants in Hayward Bring Community Together in Protest

Proposed Power Plants in Hayward Bring Community Together in Protest

About forty protesters of all ages rallied in front of the Hayward City Hall on Monday urging the California Energy Commission to deny the proposed East Shore Power Plant in Hayward. The commission held a hearing to listen to all sides regarding The East Shore Energy Center aka Tierra Energy Center. The group cheered for CEC commissioner Jeffery Byron whose recommendation was to deny construction of the plant.

When asked about the effects of Global Warming and the CEC's outlook on exploring other options besides the use of fossil fuels Byron said that the plant was a hazard to public safety when it came to Hayward's local airport. Emissions will interfere with the airports airspace causing plumes that would make landing difficult. Hayward's airport which handles about 64,000 flights each year.

CEC Commissioner Byron presided over the hearing. In attendance were representatives of Hayward City Council, Chabot College, Cal State East Bay which is located in Hayward, Alameda County, Hayward School District and Hayward's Planning and Development Commission.

The East Shore Pollution Center is a proposed "Peaker Plant." Peaker Plants are generally only used when electricity use is peaking and extra energy is needed to avoid rolling blackouts. Durations of use of the plant varies depending on the need of the energy.
The East Shore Power Plant would sit about 2.5 miles from the already approved Russell City Energy Center along Hayward's shoreline

In October 2005 the Hayward City Council agreed to a land trade deal with Calpine in exchange for $10 million toward a new library. According to the original document, the agreement to build the Russell City Energy Plant will expire on July 31, 2008 if construction has not begun. Currently the Russell City Energy Center is tied up in a legal battle with the EPA and will not meet the deadline and has applied for an extension.

Hayward City Councilmember Barbara Halliday pleaded with the CEC to deny the plant. "When we voted on Russell City, all the environmental findings were not yet published. It was a different time back then, there were rolling black outs. We should not make the same mistake again. by allowing East Shore. Hayward is a great city. Halliday originally voted for the land trade.

According to the original document, this deal will expire on July 31 2008, Calpine filed for an extension on June 3. A final vote from the CEC on The East Shore Power Plant is unlikely before mid-October.

You can contact Jennifer Falcon at Jennifer@Tricityvoice.com


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