San Diego is experiencing a county-wide power outage – but bubbleinfo doesn’t stop!

Speaking of power, this from the nctimes.com:

Carlsbad city officials have been saying for several years that the city’s coastline ought to eventually become power-plant free.

Now, the Planning Commission is poised to amend the city’s General Plan — a citywide planning document —- to reflect that ultimate goal.

That change, as well as two churches’ requests for conditional use permits for building projects, is up for debate during a 6 p.m. Wednesday meeting at City Hall, 1200 Carlsbad Village Drive.

The city’s proposed plan amendment won’t bar the existing Encina Power Station —- a highly visible power plant complex along the south side of Agua Hedionda Lagoon — from continuing to operate, but it will emphasize that the city envisions a different future for the property, city senior planner Scott Donnell said Tuesday.

“I think it’s partially an effort to clarify what the rules are, what Carlsbad’s standards are,” he said.

Officials with NRG Energy Inc., the company that owns the 92-acre power station property, also have repeatedly said that their eventual goal is to remove the power-generating equipment from the coastline.

However, they and the city differ greatly on how far back power plant operations should be.

NRG has submitted plans to the state Energy Commission, which has regulatory authority over power plant projects, for a 558-megawatt plant project on the eastern edge of its property between Interstate 5 and the railroad tracks.

The company has said that putting power-generating equipment there will free up the coastal portion for other projects, such as tourist-related businesses.

Carlsbad officials have said that they would like to see the entire property redeveloped, arguing that the eastern end also isn’t a good fit for a power plant project because it’s next to a major freeway and just south of the lagoon.

The proposed General Plan amendment states that power plants would be allowed in the city’s coastal zone only if they are an “accessory use,” meaning that they were part of another business operation and produced less than 50 megawatts of electricity.

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