Palmdale Power Plant drawing support from elected officials, community leaders

Artist's conception of the Palmdale Hybrid Power Projec

Artist’s conception of the Palmdale Hybrid Power Plant project

PALMDALE – Despite criticism from some Lancaster city officials, the Palmdale Power Plant continues to receive support from other elected officials and community leaders, including State Senator Steve Knight, Assemblymember Steve Fox and Board of Equalization Member George Runner.

In a press release issued Monday, Palmdale city officials highlighted excerpts from the letters and statements that have “poured into Palmdale City Hall in support of the Palmdale Power Plant.”

According to State Senator Steve Knight:

 “The Palmdale Power Plant will bring enormous benefits not only to the Antelope Valley, but to the State of California as well. Declining use of coal-fired generation and the loss of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station negatively impacts our state’s economy. The PHPP will create more than 600 new jobs in construction installation, technology development and other related fields…In addition, the project will pay for the paving of 4-6 miles of roads, and the construction of a regional reclaimed water trunk line that benefits both Palmdale and Lancaster.”

According to Assemblymember Steve Fox:

“The Palmdale Power Plant will improve environmental conditions. The California Energy Commission conducted an extensive review of the project and granted a permit to it finding: ‘…the project will neither result in, nor contribute substantially to, any significant direct, indirect, or cumulative adverse environmental impacts.’ A new plant will allow California to retire older plants and improve regional air quality.”

According to Board of Equalization Member George Runner:

“The Palmdale Power Plant will help provide clean, reliable energy for California. Projects like this that can operate 24 hours a day provide grid stability vital to the use of renewable energy. Without base load producers that can be ramped up and down as needed, the grid can’t accommodate intermittent renewables like wind and solar.  Natural gas is a safe, clean source of reliable domestic energy production. The Palmdale Power Plant is a great example of the way we can meet our domestic energy needs, safeguard the environment and promote economic development.”

According to Jeff McElfresh, Chief Executive Officer, Palmdale Chamber of Commerce:

“The Palmdale Chamber of Commerce is encouraged by the many benefits the Palmdale Power Plant will bring. Those benefits include more than 600 jobs, increased stability and reliability of the SCE grid, and a positive impact on the region as a whole. The Palmdale Power Plant will have a ripple effect on the surrounding community as a result of its economic multiplier which is likely to create additional indirect jobs.” 

According to Isaac G.D. Barcelona, President, A.V. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce:

“The Award-Winning Antelope Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is united in supporting the Palmdale Power Plant Project and we stand with you in bringing this project to fruition…Due to its state of the art design, super-flexible configuration and ability to rapid start, we understand that the Palmdale Power Plant will bring additional stability to the SCE grid which, at times, can be costly to maintain and unreliable.”

According to Richard Poston, President/CEO Antelope Valley African American Chamber of Commerce:

“We at the Antelope Valley African American Chamber of Commerce admire you (the Mayor) and the City’s leadership, forethought, and capital investment regarding this project. Let’s join other cities in the State of California such as: Burbank-Glendale, Anaheim, Pasadena, Vernon, Azusa, Victorville, Corona, Moreno Valley, and more providing power for its community. Our area is ideal for a project such as this.”

According to Ron Miller, Executive Secretary, Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council:

“On behalf of the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council, I am writing to express our strong support for the Palmdale Power Plant. Our Council represents 140,000 skilled crafts men and women. Thousands of these members live in the Antelope Valley. They are hardworking neighbors and contribute to their communities. They care about making the right choice for the local economy and environment. The Palmdale plant is the right choice.”

Read the letters in their entirety here. For more information on the Palmdale Power Plant, visit or

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  33 comments for “Palmdale Power Plant drawing support from elected officials, community leaders

  1. sjgranai
    August 14, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    If the just build a round-about on the property then Parris will love it!

    • William
      August 14, 2013 at 8:52 pm

      Now you’re talking!

      • sikntired
        August 14, 2013 at 9:38 pm

        Call it the Dogpatch Roundabout,skunk works,black cloud and all. (Apologies to Al Capp)

        • William
          August 14, 2013 at 10:38 pm

          “No one can hear you scream in a Lancaster Roundabout”.

  2. Green is a cover-up
    August 13, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    I thought Congressman McKeon wrote a glowing letter supporting the power plant? where is that as I saw it in writing.

  3. Danny
    August 13, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Build it Paris can pound sand

    • sikntired
      August 13, 2013 at 8:47 pm

      Oh boy,can we watch ?

  4. Scott Pelka
    August 13, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Here is Rex endorsing the power plant at a Lancaster council meeting. Lets see him try and take this back.

  5. Michael Rives
    August 13, 2013 at 10:32 am

    The comments by Steve Knight, George Runner, and Steve Fox are going to come back and bite them in the rear end someday when the ugly, monster called the Palmdale Power Plant is polluting up the atmosphere both visually and health-wise. I am going to be there to remind these guys of their comments.

    • William
      August 13, 2013 at 1:05 pm

      And,if it doesn’t do what you just said it will do, I will be here to remind you as often as needed. You won’t be able to pretend you never said this. It will be annoying for you but well deserved.

    • Jason Zink
      August 13, 2013 at 2:08 pm

      These are Great Represenatives let me take a [removed] in their livingrooms and not leave a tip!!!

      That’s what there doing too AV citizens! Let me put a polluting power plant to power LA and not give you a break on your electric bills :( just drive down the road and look at Owens Valley Lake oh ya no lake???

    • Critical Thinker
      August 14, 2013 at 2:14 pm

      How many homes burn natural gas on a daily basis to generate hot water? During the winter to heat the house? Daily to cook food?
      The output of pollutants from all the homes in the valley is close to the output of this power plant if the numbers are correct.

      • sikntired
        August 14, 2013 at 5:09 pm

        2 thumbs up.

      • Captain Obvious
        August 14, 2013 at 5:15 pm

        Let us not forget all the automobiles including gas guzzling Hummers , and all the two stroke engine go carts, and all the motocross cycles, and all the demolition derby cars, and all the old classic non smog cars, and all the air conditioning, and all the restaurants that use gas, and the hospitals that use gas, and the hotels that use gas, and the colleges that use gas, and the trains that burn fuel, and on and on and on and on

        • Michael Rives
          August 15, 2013 at 10:45 am

          I hope someone does remind me when the pollution and smoke ruin the air in the Valley that I opposed this insanity called the Palmdale Power Plant. Hey, why don’t we call it the Jim Ledford Power Plant? Can we do the honor, Mayor Ledford?

          • sikntired
            August 15, 2013 at 12:30 pm

            That’s is a bit over he top,don’t you think ?Did he pay off the EPA,Plant 42 and everyone else who has signed off on this ?

  6. Another QHR
    August 13, 2013 at 8:03 am

    This needs to be built, that is a given-although the citizens will not see any benefits, such as reduced electric bills. In fact, SCE will probably raise rates to cover what the city will no longer be paying. Anyway, this plant should be built as far east as possible, within city limits of course, in the middle of the desert where nobody will be bothered by it. This huge mirror that they want to build, right next to Plant 42 will certainly affect the operations by the Antelope Valley’s premier employers-the aerospace contractors. Although, maybe this is a ploy by the AV to drive out the aerospace contractors. Afterall, both Lancaster and Palmdale are pulling in foreign companies/investors who will certainly be spying on the defense industry. So much for building the next best thing in defense technology here in the AV. Time to move the companies outside of this state and leave a huge gaping hole in tax revenue. Hit ’em where it hurts and don’t look back.

    • Mike Resendez
      August 13, 2013 at 10:43 am

      Are you nuts? Nobody is trying to drive out the aerospace companies! Plant 42 already said they support the Palmdale Power Plant and it will help them with their efficiency. The “foreign” investors your talking about would be what exactly? The Japanese company building rail cars? Japanese spies? This isn’t World War II anymore dude! Wake up!

  7. skilos
    August 12, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    Why not stick it out in the middle of nowhere on the eastside, instead of so close to populated area. You applaud the 600 jobs that it is going to create, but these jobs are short term and will only add to the top benefit earners on unemployment, for two or three times longer than the jobs are going to last. I actually don’t give a rats behind where you put it, I don’t go any further than Walmart and Goodwill on 10th when I go to Palmdale

    • Captain Obvious
      August 13, 2013 at 10:48 am

      Uh……..aren’t all construction jobs short term? You build, you finish, you move to the next project. Sheesh.

      • William
        August 13, 2013 at 12:26 pm


        • William
          August 13, 2013 at 12:51 pm

          Y’see. When Parris announces a new development and the numbers of jobs that will be created to build it, it’s one thing.

          But, when Palmdale builds something, the Parris cult likes to point out that the jobs are temporary.

          That’s called a double-standard and probably the least of Parris’s dishonesty.

    • William
      August 13, 2013 at 1:07 pm

      Do you go to Goodwill to shop or donate?

  8. qhr
    August 12, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    We need to be more concerned about stopping the ghetto invasion.

    • Tiffany J.
      August 12, 2013 at 9:11 pm

      The only thing that will stop it or shift it away is if the housing prices keep going up, which they are! yay for us normal everyday people who get up and go to work for a living instead of relying on the govt.

      • qhr
        August 13, 2013 at 10:59 am

        Home prices are going up indeed! Hope the rental prices go up as well – that will drive them out for sure!

        • Andrea
          August 15, 2013 at 1:56 am

          Ya and all the good hard working kids trying to make a living on minimum wage. That won’t be going up anytime soon. Hipp Hipp horray for driving the poor out.

          I’m a normal everyday person having to roommate with 5 others to make ends meet, but yay for home prices and rent going up.

  9. Palmdale_Steve
    August 12, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    But…But…But…the Dynamic Duo of TRex and Marvelous Marv says this is bad stuff, that the toxic plume from this plant is going to kill something or the other.

    What’s Joe Six-Pack, what’s Sheepople suppose to beleive?

    • William
      August 12, 2013 at 7:20 pm

      Has Parris or Crist produced any documented evidence for their scare tactics? This is all about getting their way every time.

      • Green is a cover-up
        August 13, 2013 at 11:00 pm

        Marvin (the RAT) Crist thinks that if he says something enough people will believe him. The facts tell a different story he should read the report but his agenda is anything that hurts Palmdale,he should grow up.

      • Captain Obvious
        August 14, 2013 at 9:26 am

        Based on the comments from Paris, Crist and their like minded ilk, my guess is that there have been plenty of sales of tin foil lined hats in these parts. {insert theme from LooneyTunes here}

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