PALMDALE – The Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), an organization dedicated to promoting job growth, economic expansion and preserving the overall global competitiveness of Los Angeles County, is the latest organization to support the Palmdale Power Plant, city officials announced Wednesday.
“During construction alone, the project would directly support an estimated 800 construction trades jobs—many of which will be drawn from the local surrounding communities,” wrote LAEDC President and CEO Bill Allen in the support letter. “Once on line, the new power plant should sustain an estimated 35 permanent highly skilled, high-wage jobs, not to mention the indirect and induced job impacts of this project, which could be considerable.”
“Every single one of these jobs is desperately needed in the Antelope Valley, which continues to suffer excessively high unemployment,” wrote Allen.
“This project also comes at a critical time with the closing of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, which will take much needed energy resources off the grid, requiring new sources of power generation,” Allen continued. “The LAEDC gladly joins with the California Energy Commission and the United States Environmental Protection agency in supporting the Palmdale Hybrid Power Project.”
Support letters and statements have poured into Palmdale City Hall in support of this project, which was permitted by the California Energy Commission and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Below are excerpts from supporters:
“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.” – State Senator Steve Knight.
“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.” – Assemblymember Steve Fox
“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.” – Board of Equalization Member George Runner
“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.” –Jeff McElfresh, Chief Executive Officer, Palmdale 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.” Isaac G.D. Barcelona, President, A.V. Hispanic 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.” – Richard Poston, President/CEO Antelope Valley African American Chamber of Commerce
“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.” – Ron Miller, Executive Secretary, Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council
View the support letters in full here.
(Information via press release from the City of Palmdale.)
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