June 19, 2013 7:19 PM
Jim E. Winburn, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • The California Energy Commission granted Victorville a five-year extension on the construction permit for the city’s 2 Hybrid Power Plan, City Manager Doug Robertson announced Wednesday.

The extension gives the city until July 2018 to finish building the plant on a 300-acre site at the Southern California Logistics Airport.

Construction on the plant has not started, but that the land and CEC permit are ready to go, Robertson said. He also said there are some ancillary permits to update, and the CEC permit will require a slight modification to show the final equipment design.

“We’d like to build the plant as soon as possible; however, it’s timing will be defined by the energy market, not the city,” Robertson said.

Victorville faced a July deadline for filing an extension to the current five-year agreement for the power plant’s construction. Victorville was initially granted a certificate in 2008 to construct and operate the project, but the city failed to secure financing during the economic downturn.

To complete the plant, Robertson said the city will begin looking at opportunities to partner with a private-equity firms or a co-owner to develop the project.

“The city is not in a position to finance the plant construction,” Robertson said in an email to the Daily Press. “While we would like to maintain some ownership position with access to the power, it is a higher priority to get the plant built to recoup our investment in the permit.”

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