By Staff Reports
(Victorville)– On June 12, 2013, staff from the City of Victorville were successful in obtaining a five year extension to the permit to construct the Victorville 2 Hybrid Power Plant. The California Energy Commission (CEC) considered the extension based on an application prepared by city staff rather than consultants, resulting in cost savings of approximately $250,000. The CEC granted the extension request following a brief presentation by City Manager, Doug Robertson. A copy of the audio portion of the item is available on the city’s website at www.ci.victorville.ca.us.
“I am extremely proud of the work the staff put into making this extension possible,” said Mayor Jim Cox. “This once again shows how we are working diligently together as a team to accomplish our goals. I would also like to thank our sister cities throughout the High Desert for the support they showed during this process.” All five cities of the High Desert passed unanimous resolutions of support for the extension request. The resolutions of support were specifically cited in the CEC staff report.
At this point, the city will begin to look at opportunities to partner with a private equity partner or co-owner to develop the project. With the announced closure of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), the need for new power plants has been greatly accelerated in California. While no projects are currently being bid by Southern California Edison, the Victorville 2 Hybrid Power Plant will be an attractive option for public