A proposed natural gas-fired repowering project, stalled in 2011, has been restarted by the California Energy Commission (CEC) for NRG Energy Inc.‘s 100-acre Encina generation facility in Carlsbad, CA. NRG proposes to build a 558 MW gas-fired combined-cycle plant on part of the existing site (see Daily GPI, July 5, 2011; May 23, 2011). The CEC granted a motion from the Center for Biological Diversity to reopen the proceeding and hear new evidence about environmental concerns, which has been completed. NRG plans to build the $500 million gas-fired plant on 23 acres of the existing Encina site and to retire three existing steam boiler units when the Carlsbad Energy Center project becomes operational.

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