The state Energy Commission has scheduled a week of hearings in April to determine whether the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County must obtain commission approval to build waste-to-energy plants at the Puente Hills landfill in Hacienda Heights.
Garret Shean, commission hearing officer, issued a nine-page order Monday scheduling the hearings April 6 to 10 and defining the issues to be decided. The commission has jurisdiction over electric generating plants that produce more than 50 megawatts of power.
The Sanitation Districts have built a power plant that burns landfill gas to generate 45 megawatts of electricity. They also have filed plans with the South Coast Air Quality Management District to build two plants to burn trash to generate 47 megawatts each.
A homeowners group, the Hacienda Heights Improvement Assn., filed a complaint with the Energy Commission more than a year ago, accusing the Sanitation Districts of trying to evade the commission's jurisdiction by splitting projects and keeping each just under 50 megawatts. The City of Duarte and a development company have intervened to support the homeowners.