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An excerpt on the Encina power plant from the ut:

CARLSBAD — The Carlsbad City Council approved a landmark deal Tuesday that officials said will help solve the region’s energy needs while ridding coastal North County of a notorious eyesore: the 60-year-old Encina Power Station.

The agreement allows NRG Energy to replace Encina and its 400-foot cooling tower with a more environmentally-friendly and less conspicuous 90-foot-tall “peaker” plant, and requires NRG to tear Encina down when the new plant opens sometime in 2017.

City officials said the deal, which came together quickly during the last few months, was prompted primarily by the unexpected retirement last June of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, which had supplied much of the region’s power.

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