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Posted on: November 2, 2021

City Council Decides not to Exercise Option to Retain Power Plant “Stacks”

At its October 26, 2021 meeting, City Council authorized staff to send a letter to Vistra Corp (owners of the Morro Bay Power Plant site) informing Vistra the City will not exercise its option to request that the stacks remain.  Council further moved that the letter should request that Vistra move forward on a discussion to honor the power plant and the stacks with a monument/point of interest in the event the facilities and stacks come down.


The Council discussion and decision was informed by a September 8, 2021 community forum, titled “Facts about the Stacks.” Nearly 200 community members attended the virtual forum.  Presentations at the forum were informed by 40 emails sent by community members in advance, with comments and questions about the current condition of the stacks and potential options moving forward.  


Per an agreement with the City, Vistra will have until the end of 2027 to tear down the old power plant facilities, including the stacks, or they must pay the City $3 million. 


October 26, 2021 Council meeting discussion on stacks (scroll down to item C-1)

September 8, 2021 Community Forum Video recording link


September 8, 2021 Community Forum Presentations Slides link