Coastal power plants get dramatic upgrades, but how do they fit with California’s renewable energy future?

By Martin Wisckol

Up and down the California coast, aging power plants are being replaced by sleeker, more efficient and more environmentally sensitive units — or are being shut down altogether.

In Los Angeles and Orange County alone, there are seven natural gas-fired coastal plants, with work underway or completed on six and the seventh scheduled for closure. The construction — with cranes towering more than 15 stories — offers a dramatic scene to the many passersby.

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