Inspectors make night visits to California plants

Inspectors were checking merchant power electric plants to insure the plants had legitimate reasons to be out of service and were not withholding production to drive up electricity prices. State regulators have publicly claimed there is no supply problem in California, prompting the surprise inspections.

Dec. 7, 2000—In the midst of the worst electricity crisis in state history, the California Energy Commission voted to license the proposed $300 million, 500 MW Elk Hills and the $180 million, 320 MW Sunrise power plants in western Kern County.

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