Ball Road Basin Power Plant Appears Dead For Now

This morning, I was hearing rumors that Competitive Power Venture’s proposal for a 400 megawatt power plant on the Ball Road Basin was not selected by Edison from among the responses to its request-for-offers.

The Orange County Register has posted a story confirming that is the case:

Competitive Power Ventures did not make it on Southern California Edison’s short-list of companies to provide energy for the state’s energy grid, an industry source said Friday.

Braith Kelly, a senior vice president for Competitive Power Ventures, declined to comment, citing a nondisclosure agreement.

More than 1,000 offers were submitted for various projects in the region since September, Edison spokesman Paul Klein said.

Klein declined to say whether Competitive Power Ventures made Edison’s short-list of proposals that now moves into the cost-negotiating phase; he said that it is proprietary information.

In December, the Orange County Water District’s board voted 6-4 to lease Ball Road Basin to Competitive Power Ventures, which had sought to build a plant with at least four 90-foot-tall smokestacks. Under the lease, Competitive Power Ventures has two years to enter into an agreement to sell electricity from the proposed plant and file state permits.

There are no immediate plans by state officials nor Edison to solicit a second round of bids from companies interested in providing energy to the state’s grid.

You can read the entire story here.

This is a big win for the coalition of Anaheim businesses and residents that quickly mobilized to fight CPV’s proposal, repeatedly asking the OC Water District Board of Directors not to lease Ball Road Basin for a power plant. One has to think the Stop the Power Plant effort was a key factor in CPV’s proposal not being selected.

This is also a big win for the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce, which provided the organization and leadership for the effort along with Steve Faessel and many other dedicated residents – and the good people at the Hardin family dealerships, especially. Kudos are also due to Councilmembers Kris Murray and Jordan Brandman, who were vocal in their opposition from the beginning and appeared before the OCWD Board during public comments to urge them to reject the lease agreement with CPV.

It isn’t clear what impact this will have on the OCWD’s lease with CPV. I’ll update the post after re-visiting the terms of the agreement.

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  1. Great. Now everyone involved can spend the time saved by this win
    to redirect efforts to throw our every gang member
    from Anaheim. Get busy.

  2. IF I remember correctly… the lease agreement was 182 pages in length. And it didn’t make for a good read.

    ~ anaheim-al

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