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Stop Grayson

UPDATE: Temporary Victory at April 10 Council Meeting

On April 11, after 9 hours of testimony, discussion and deliberation, the Glendale City Council voted in the wee hours of the morning to delay action on Grayson and investigate clean energy alternatives through a Request for Information (RFI) process. Although a slight variation of our request for a formal study, the idea of the RFI is to involve clean energy firms and get them to put proposals on the table for Glendale to evaluate and, hopefully, incorporate into an updated project plan.
April 10 Rally

April 10 rally at Glendale City Council meeting. Photo by StopGrayson.com

It was a clear victory, and somewhat unexpected for a lot of us working the inside strategy. It came about after some intense lobby over the past few weeks, including the preparation of an alternative clean energy framework developed by a member of the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies, paid for by Sierra Club, and presented to four of the five City Council members. Our success was also helped by our turnout at recent rallies. We had 500 in February and about 400 for Tuesday’s meeting. Thanks to everyone from SoCal 350 who came out to support the campaign!

We should feel good about what we’ve done. It’s not easy to turn a tanker especially when $500 million is involved. But it’s a tentative victory that could easily slip away if we aren’t vigilant.  The job going forward will be to make sure the RFI process is thorough, even handed, and transparent. We can’t let GWP get away with just going through the motions and landing us back to where we were before Tuesday.

Learn more and see the most recent updates at StopGrayson.com.

Background

The City of Glendale is evaluating several options for “repowering” its aging natural gas power plant at the Grayson power plant. Apart from a “do nothing” option, the three proposals for replacing the facility involve building new gas plants of varying sizes and configurations. The City recommended option is the largest of these proposed configurations – a 250 megawatt combined cycle gas plant.

What is the problem?

The proposed plant raises several serious concerns. Some are strictly financial. The proposed plant will generate more power than Glendale needs, thus requiring the city to find buyers for its excess power; this poses a big risk for Glendale rate payers in an environment where the state is facing an oversupply of power. The proposal also overestimates the useful life of the plant, underestimates the cost of cap and trade permits, and downplays the declining trajectory of prices for wind, solar and battery storage.

The direct consequence to us is the impact the plant will have on the immediate environment in and around Glendale and on our shared climate. We ask that the Glendale City Council stop the CEQA process and commission independent experts to assess zero carbon alternatives to its plans for replacing Grayson.

State Senator Anthony Portantino sums up the problems with the plant expansion with his letter to the editor of the LA Times: “In short, the Grayson proposal would increase emissions and particulates that would adversely affect our climate and potentially impact the health of children at Benjamin Franklin Elementary, Mark Keppel Elementary and the Disney Children’s Center, as well as elderly residents of nearby Pelanconi Estates. The DEIR predicts global warming emissions will increase nearly seven-fold. This is the equivalent to 90,000 additional cars on Glendale’s roads.”

Take Action:

  1. Call and email the Glendale City Council and ask them to stop the CEQA process and commission independent experts to assess zero carbon alternatives to their plans for replacing Grayson
  2. Visit gofossilfree.org and learn how to urge your city to divest from projects like these.
  3. Visit StopGrayson.com for more information
  4. URGENT: Show up to Glendale City Council on April 10 and speak up on this issue!
  5. After a victory on April 10 resulted in a Request for Information process that will investigate clean energy alternatives, let’s show Mayor Zareh Sinanyan and Council members Paula DevineVrej Agajanian and Vartan Gharpetian a big thank you for their support.
  6. The job going forward will be to make sure the RFI process is thorough, even handed, and transparent. Stay tuned for next steps! 

A map of the schools and healthcare facilities right around the expanding plant