Robertson's Bid to Build Power Plant Is Rejected

From Times Staff Reports

An application by televangelist Pat Roberston to build a power plant in Santa Fe Springs was rejected by the state Energy Commission Thursday night.

CENCO Electric Co., a newly formed subsidiary of a refining company owned by the Christian Coalition founder, applied to build a 40-megawatt to 75-megawatt power plant on the site of an oil refinery it has owned since 1998.

Opposition to the plan was already mounting from civil rights activists and nearby residents who said the site is too near a school and a heavily Latino neighborhood.

A letter released by Energy Commission staff Thursday night said the proposed electric plant would be too small to be eligible for fast-track approval under the governor's emergency power orders.

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