Puente Power Plant Crisis: Lessons in Planning for Local Administration


The case examines a real-life situation concerning the proposed Puente natural gas power plant in Ventura County, California. This proposed plant was recently at the center of much controversy, with strong local opposition to opening the plant from citizen groups and environmental activists. The case points to tensions inherent in the situation: between expensive power and cheaper alternatives; between natural gas, solar, and other means of power; and between over-capacity and optimal-capacity power plants. Readers will gain an understanding of the complexity of collaborative governance and grapple with issues of cost–benefit analysis in these types of situations.

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