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Encina Power Plant Tour - Carlsbad, CA


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Learn how fossil fuel power plants are providing a large proportion of power for Southern California during this tour of Encina Power Plant. Cameras welcomed.

Date and Time

23 March 2013 - 11:00-12:30


Carlsbad, United States - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the USA - Southern California local network.

About this event

Presentation before tour (~30 minutes) will cover electrical energy production and distribution in California, communications flow, elements of a fossil fuel power plant, and the thermal steam cycle.

We plan to tour specific interesting areas of the plant, including the Turbine Deck and the older (1950’s) Control Room.  It has some newer components but is essentially an original 1950’s style control board.

We should be able to see into the recently upgraded Unit 3 and 4 Control Room.

There will be ample opportunity to ask specific questions as we tour.



11:00 PST to 12:30 PST - presentation and tour

12:30 PST to 2:00 PST - optional lunch (not covered) - Bistro West


Reasons to attend

  • To understand the role that fossil fuels still play in electric power generation in Southern California.
  • To see how electricity is generated in many Southern California locations by a tour of this power plant.


Free event

Additional information


Theo Hetherington BSC MIET

Michael Pearson ASME, NRG Energy

Limited Size Tour

This tour is limited to 20 participants on a first RSVP, first served basis.

Photo ID required for tour.


Particpants must be 18 years of age (accompanied juveniles (age 12 or over) are also allowed.)


We prefer full forming leather shoes.


Plant can be dirty and oily - good clothes can get soiled, best to wear work clothes.

Pants - full length pants, shorts are discouraged

Skirts - see pants above

Shirts - we discourage short sleeve shirts

Loose fitting clothes or jewelry - we discourage wearing of neckties, jewelry and/or loose fitting clothing


Optional lunch (not covered) after tour at Bistro West (4960 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA)


Registration information

RSVP is required - to Julian Harvey -

This a free event.

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