Posts Tagged ‘Potrero Power Plant’

San Francisco’s World-Class Ship-Repair Capability Gets that Carnival Splendor Cruise Ship Working – And a Mystery Solved

Monday, February 28th, 2011

You know why that Carnival Splendor cruise ship got towed to a San Francisco dry dock all the way up from Fun Diego last month, you know why her owners chose the 415 as the place where she’d get a new engine and get a whole bunch of work done?

Because they didn’t really have a choice, that’s why. If your 300-yard+ vessel needs to come out of the briny somewhere in the Eastern Pacific, odds are you’ll bring it here. Hurray!

So, why did the fire in one engine room affect the other engine room? Answer here.

And did the passengers really eat airlifted Spam and Pop Tarts for three days? Not really. Answer here.

The view from our world-class San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge. (It’s only been two decades since that earthquake and we’re almost done fixing it up already!) Now-defunct Potrero Power Plant camera right:

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Anyway, the Splendor is loaded up and chugging towards Mexico, back OTJ.


Decommissioning of Our Shut-Down Potrero Power Plant Starts Tomorrow, March 1, 2011 – Whither the Iconic Tower?

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Today, the old girl is sitting around waiting for the order to fire up to make you some electricity, should the need arise.

But tomorrow? Not so much. All the deets.

As I’ll remember her, chugging away heating up Warm Water Cove. Circa aught-seven:

And as she looks today, in front of the historic Sugar House (which is now a cleaned-up DHL warehouse). No more steam:

Good-bye, PPP.

The Cooling of Warm Water Cove – Lawyers Have Decided, So Our Potrero Power Plant Will Go Dark March 1, 2011

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Well, that’s it, after midnight on February 28th, 2011, Mirant (aka GenOn*) will no longer be contrackually obligated to have our iconic Potrero Power Station (aka Potrero Generating Station) standing by ready to power your hair dryer and charge up your sex toys and whatnot.

How Soon Is Now? Pretty soon.

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Has Warm Water Cove cooled down yet? Most likely, since Mirant’s not heating it up anymore. From back in the day:

All the deets:

Potrero reliability must-run agreement (ER11-2218)

On November 30, 2010, Mirant, now known as GenOn, filed revisions to its reliability must run agreement for the Potrero power plant for the 2011 contract year. The agreement includes a new provision that allows the ISO to provide notice of termination during the contract year. All of the terms and conditions were negotiated and agreed to among the affected entities, which include Pacific Gas and Electric Company and the CPUC in addition to GenOn and the ISO. By letter dated December 21, 2010, the ISO provided GenOn with notice of termination effective January 1, 2011. Pursuant to the amendments, the termination of the agreement will be effective as of midnight of February 28, 2011. On January 19, 2011, FERC issued an order accepting the reliability must-run amendments. On January 25, 2011, GenOn filed notice of cancellation of its reliability must-run rate schedule effective February 28, 2011. Responsible attorney: Sidney Davies

*As fine a Michael Crichton made-up evil corporation name that you could hope for…

Cal-ISO Meets This Morning to Determine Fate of Mirant Power Plant – Watch It Live

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Get up to speed here on the issue of San Francisco’s 362 MW Potrero Power Plant and then watch live the Cal-ISO meeting that will help determine our future. Deets below.

See that big tower at the end of the street? That’s the natural gas-fired Mirant generation plant in San Francisco:


WHAT:          The California Independent System Operator (Cal-ISO) will finalize their recommendation to keep some or all of San Francisco’s dirty Potrero Power Plant running through the end of 2010.
                        San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, City Attorney Dennis Herrera, Supervisors, environmentalists and community leaders have unanimously called for the power plant to shut down in its entirety when the new Trans Bay Cableplugs into San Francisco early next year.  In August, City Attorney Herrera announced an agreement between the city and power plant operator Mirant to shut down the entire facility upon receiving the blessing of the Cal-ISO.
At the September 11 Cal-ISO meeting, ISO staff said that they would negotiate a terms with Mirant to shut down most of the power plant when the cable comes online, and that contract is expected to be presented today.  On Monday, community and environmental groups Brightline Defense Project, Greenaction, SF Community Power, and the S.F. Green Party asked ISO CEO Yakout Mansour to confirm during today’s meeting that the entire plant will shut down when the cable becomes operational.
WHO:             Cal-ISO CEO Yakout Mansour, the Cal-ISO Board of Governors, representatives of the San Francisco elected family(expected), community and environmental groups including Brightline and Greenaction
WHERE:       Cal-ISO Headquarters, 151 Blue Ravine Rd., Folsom, California
Hearing will be streamed online at– use Conference ID # 968776 and leave “Passcode” blank
WHEN:          Thursday, October 29, 2009. Hearing starts at 11:00 a.m., power plants are Item 6, full agenda online at