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Ball Road Basin Power Plant Proposal- The Orange County Water District (OCWD) currently owns 20 acres of land near Ball Road and the 57 Freeway in an area currently called the Ball Road Basin. This land is south of Ball Road and east of Phoenix Club Drive. In early August, the City learned that OCWD is interested in leasing or selling the 20 acres to a private firm who would like to build a 300-600 megawatt private power plant on the property.


The City feels that the construction of a power plant on this site would be incompatible with the surrounding community– it would be right next to commercial land uses, and close to significant residential and recreational areas. Instead, the City would like the opportunity to discuss with OCWD a proposal to purchase the 20 acres and build a park and sports fields.


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Where is this being proposed?

20 acres of land near Ball Road/57 Freeway in an area currently called the Ball Road. This land is south of Ball Road and east of Phoenix Club Drive.

Who owns the land now?

The Orange County Water District (OCWD), and they are interested in selling the land for a good return.

What do they want to do with it?

OCWD has been approached by a private firm, called Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) who would like to build a private power plant on that site.

How big is this power plant supposed to be?

CPV is proposing to build a 300-600 megawatt power plant, which could be as large as four or five football fields. Typically, 300-600 megawatt power plants have six-12 exhaust stacks that each reach as high as 85 feet in the air.

What does Anaheim want to do with this land?

The City of Anaheim would like to pay OCWD for the land and turn this area into a park and sports fields for Anaheim residents and the neighboring communities to use.

What is the timeline?

Anaheim believes we are at a critical juncture and feel there is a strong probability that between October 2 and November 20 a lease agreement between OCWD and CPV may be placed on an OCWD agenda.

In a Request for Proposal (RFP) issued by SoCal Edison, as part of the RFP requirements, a bidder must prove a property has already been acquired or show a lease agreement, or option, to purchase or lease the property.

  • 12/2 – Deadline for CPV, or any interested bidder, to submit a non- binding bid to SoCal Edison
  • 12/16- Deadline for CPV, or any bidder, to submit a proposal to SoCal Edison

Does Anaheim have final approval authority on this power plant?

If OCWD agrees to sell or lease the land to CPV, the City of Anaheim will not be one of the approving bodies that can approve/deny construction of a power plant. The following are the only approving bodies:

  • California Energy Commission (CEC)
  • Air Quality Management District (AQMD)
  • California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)

What can I do as an impacted resident?

Voice your concerns during public comments an OCWD Board Meeting OCWD

  • Offices are located at 18700 Ward Street, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
  • OCWD Board Meetings are held 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month (Next scheduled meetings are November 6 and 20)

You can call the OCWD at (714) 378-3200
You can submit comments to OCWD by visiting ocwd.com


 You can also share your opinions by:

  • Calling the OCWD at (714) 378-3200.
  • Submitting comments to OCWD via email, by clicking here.

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Voice your concerns directly to the City of Anaheim at (714) 765-4695.

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