NRG halts Calif. hearing on gas-fired power plant

Houston-based NRG Energy has asked California regulators to suspend hearings on a proposed 262-megawatt, gas-fired peaking plant in Ventura County, Kallanish Energy reports.

The company said it may drop the planned Puente plant in Oxnard was filed with the California Energy Commission. That action came after a commission committee had recommended against approval for the project.

The plant was scheduled to begin service in 2020. NRG had agreed to sell the electricity to Southern California Edison.

The project has come under fire because California had overbuilt gas-fired power plants and customers are paying high electric bills. Opponents also want more renewables used.

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