Our Local Dirty Power Plant Is Shutting Down

posted by Rainforest Action Network
Potrero Power Plant in San Francisco
Credit: Liz Hafalia / The Chronicle

Here in San Francisco we just got some holiday cheer: After decades of  battling, the last remaining fossil fuel power plant in our city is going to shut down.

Mayor Gavin Newsom today announced that Potrero Power Plant, operated by GenOn Energy, will close on January 1, and be fully decommissioned by February 28.

The 40-year old natural gas plant is situated in the South East of the city, where neighborhood residents have long suffered from higher rates of pollution-related illnesses, such as asthma and respiratory disease.

So here’s to cleaner air in the new year, and to shutting down many more dirty power plants in 2011!