Judge endorses Otay Mesa power plant

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Updated: 1/08 6:33 pm

SAN DIEGO (AP) — An administrative law judge is urging state utility regulators to approve a new natural gas power plant in San Diego County, a move that has angered environmentalists who say the proposal is costly and unnecessary.

U-T San Diego reports the California Public Utilities Commission could vote as soon as Feb. 5 on whether to authorize construction of the Pio Pico Energy Center in unincorporated Otay Mesa.

The facility would provide some electricity once generated by the San Onofre nuclear plant, which was retired in June.

The newspaper says a 25-year power contract with the facility would cost San Diego Gas & Electric customers more than $1.6 billion.

Opponents say the state should be relying more on solar and wind energy to meet its power needs.

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