California backs gas plant to fill void from closed nuke

May 21, 2015 4:58 PM by News Staff, Photo: Felix K├Ânig / MGN

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California regulators have opened the way for development of a gas-fired power plant on the coast near San Diego that can light up to 400,000 homes, perhaps the last of its kind as the state moves toward a green energy future.

On a 4-1 vote, the California Public Utilities Commission Thursday approved San Diego Gas & Electric Company's plan to buy power from the proposed plant in Carlsbad.

The plant is part of a strategy to replace power in the region after the nearby San Onofre nuclear power plant was shut down two years ago.

Commission President Michael Picker says the power is needed to maintain reliable electric service while solar and other green power is developed.

The Sierra Club warns the decision will "undermine our state's clean energy future."

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