NRG to close several gas power plants in California

NRG Energy will retire three gas-fired power plants in Rancho Cucamonga (Etiwanda), Oxnard (Ormond Beach) and Goleta (Ellwood).

Among these plants is Etiwanda, which will close on June 1, 2018.

Four gas plant proposals were put on hold as utilities and regulators consider clean energy alternatives.

California gas plants that were rejected or put on hold:

The Puente gas plant is the first gas plant to be denied in the state of California.

Community opposition combined with cheap clean energy ultimately killed plans to build the gas plant and now Southern California Edison is securing clean energy proposals.

California Energy Commission (CEC) suspends permit for the Puente Power Plant. Southern California Edison announces request for proposals for clean energy to replace Puente that same month.

In 2016, the La Paloma Generating Plant filed for bankruptcy and the Sutter Energy Center closed for lack of sufficient sales.

NRG closes the Mandalay gas plant in Oxnard in December 2017.

CPUC issues draft resolution proposing PG&E replace three power plants (including a 605MW plant in San Jose) with clean energy alternatives in Dec. 2017.

California regulators said in a press release that any potential needs the natural gas plants provide can be met with clean energy, particularly battery storage in Dec. 2017.

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) announced plan to pause 1,682 MW of gas plant repowers under consideration to study clean alternatives in June 2017.

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