Peak energy demands later this summer will be met by a new, 46-megawatt power plant unveiled Aug. 11 by San Diego Gas & Electric Co.
“Think of this plant as summer insurance,” said James Avery, the senior vice president for SDG & E;’s electric services. “We will only run it when we need it, but it will be available to generate crucial power when supplies are tight.”
The new power plant, which is in the Miramar area, operates like a jet engine because of its ability to start quickly and rev up to its top output in just 10 minutes. It is also 50 percent more efficient than older peak units previously operated by SDG & E.;
SDG & E; is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy, which trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol SRE.