WIN: Palmdale Hybrid Power Plant Project Approved

Posted December 4th, 2013 | Status: COMPLETE


In September, BizFed took a strong position to support the Palmdale Hybrid Power Plant Project, which will bring more than 600 jobs and more than $30 million of direct investment from the private sector to the Antelope Valley.


Great news to report hot off the presses: After a grueling meeting lasting more than six hours at which more than 400 people turned out make their voices heard, the Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District Governing Board voted 4-3 on Dec. 17 to clear the final hurdle to allow the Palmdale Hybrid Power Plant to move forward.

The vote to approve the transfer of emission reduction credits – a necessary final step in the process – wasn’t easy for several of the board members, but we turned out in force so they could see that we have their backs.

THANK YOU to the diverse group of business leaders who answered our call to urge AVAQMD to support this project. (See our alert below)  Working together with our labor friends in the Los Angeles / Orange County Building Trades Council, collectively we delivered a massive and diverse show of support for this project that is a win for the regional power supply, a win for the Antelope Valley’s economy, and a win for the environment.  This project will create hundreds of new jobs, improve air and water quality, and produce nearly 600 MW of electricity – enough to supply about 500,000 homes – which will help hold down electricity costs system-wide.

Special thanks to the following BizFed member organizations for your calls, letters, and testimony to drive today’s win:

Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles, Asian American Business Women Association, Asian American Business Women Association, Encore Tax Consulting Group, Harbor Association of Industry & Commerce, La Cañada Chamber of Commerce, LKQ Corporation, Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, Regional Black Chamber of Commerce of the San Fernando Valley, South Asian Business Network, Tesoro, West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce (If we missed you on this list, let me know so we can credit your great efforts!)

Again, thank you for working together to deliver today’s great result for our region!

The project is at a critical stage of the process, so we need your help before Dec. 15.

At its Dec. 17 meeting, the Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District Governing Board is scheduled to vote on the routine transfer of Emission Reduction Credits that are necessary for the project to move forward.  This is normally a routine step, but opponents of the project are trying to use it to halt the project, which would be an unprecedented abuse of the ERC transfer process.

If you are able to attend and testify, here are the hearing details:

WHAT: Antelope Valley AQMD Meeting
WHEN: Tuesday, December 17, 2013, 10 a.m.
WHERE: Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District, 43301 Division Street, Suite 206, Lancaster, CA 93535

This innovative project will produce nearly 600 MW of electricity – enough to supply approximately 500,000 homes – and will help hold down the costs of generating electricity system-wide.  Please join us in helping it move forward.

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