OPPOSITION: Sierra Club, Consumer groups, Competitors, Oklahoma State Treasurer Scott Meacham
BACKGROUND: In July 2006 the developer announced plans to add a 950 megawatt coal facility to an existing plant and applied for an air permit. Construction costs were estimated at $1.8 billion.
In January 2007 the developer submitted its construction plan with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC) for pre-approval. In June an energy company and a coalition of consumer groups asked the Oklahoma Supreme Court to block OCC consideration. In August the Court ruled for the developer and allowed the OCC to hold the requested hearing. An administrative law judge approved the plan. However, in September the OCC voted to deny the application for failure to demonstrate need. In October the developer abandoned the project.
Sierra Club opposed the project as part of its national strategy to block construction of all coal plants nationwide. It lists the project as a “victory” on its website “Stopping the Coal Rush.”
LAST UPDATED: December 3, 2010