Moss Landing power plant's tall twin towers are off, but permits remain.
- February 23, 2017
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For nearly a half century, the 500-foot twin stacks rising from the
Without those fees from
The plant continues to produce power through its smaller and more efficient units 1 and 2, which came online in 2002, and still remain a "very large source" of emissions in the district, according to Stedman.
Stedman says if the company did formally ask for a fee restructuring, it could pay around
When energy companies retain permits for inoperative equipment, it sometimes means they are positioning themselves for a sale, Stedman says. Lewis demurs when asked about a possible sale.
"My understanding is that any power plant is a sale product," Lewis says. For the foreseeable future, Lewis adds, "We're going to continue to own and operate the plant."
That includes maintaining the two stacks and inspecting them every two years to make sure they are structurally sound, he says.
Stedman says if
In their heydey, units 6 and 7 were each capable of generating 750 megawatts of power, enough to power 1.1 million homes. But because of their aging technology, the stacks were being used less and less: In 2016 Lewis estimates they were only running about 3 percent of the time.
There are currently no plans to dismantle the stacks, which is good news for boaters who use them for navigation into