August 21, 2008

IEP Files Protest Over PG&E’s Application for Approval of Tesla Power Station

The Independent Energy Producers Association has filed a formal protest with the California Public Utility Commission over Pacific Gas & Electric Company's alleged self-serving application for fast-track approval of its proposed Tesla generating station outside the competitive process.

According to the Independent Energy Producers Association (IEP) protest, Pacific Gas & Electric Company's (PG&E's) application shows a flagrant disregard for the commission's approval process and confirms that PG&E is intent on re-monopolizing the generation sector of the electricity industry.

The protest also disputes PG&E's claim that reliability would be threatened if the Tesla project had to go through the competitive process, and said PG&E's request that ratepayers be liable for pre-approval costs even if the plant is rejected, should be firmly rejected.