Fellow CLIMATE REALITY LEADERS and supporters, it’s time to rally once again to STOP Glendale’s reckless plan to build a new gas-fired power plant right on the banks of the LA River.
We came out in force last year when Council was debating a 262 MW all-gas project. It was an epic fight. Glendale Water and Power dug in its heels and fear mongered about blackouts to get its way. Management thought they had it in the bag. But people power convinced Council to send the utility back to the drawing board to study clean alternatives. A year later, Glendale Water and Power is back with a scaled down (100 MW) gas project coupled with a large investment in grid-scale battery storage and some distributed energy resources. We like the storage and distributed energy, and commend them for moving in the right direction. But we don’t want and don’t need 100 MW of new gas!
Our right to healthy air and a stable climate demands that utilities exhaust all other options before adding new fossil fuel infrastructure. Glendale Water and Power has yet to prove they’ve done this. Their arguments for the 100 MW of gas rely on assumptions that renewable energy experts have demonstrated are flawed.
If we come together in force, we can stop this project once and for all. Los Angeles recently scrapped plans to re-build its three gas plants along the coast. The same thing has happened with SoCal Edison in Oxnard and with Calpine on the Central Coast. This leaves Glendale as the one and only place in the State of California actively considering a new gas plant. Let’s not allow our part of LA County to be home to the Last Gas(p) in the State!"
Organized by the Glendale Environmental Coalition: www.gec.eco