Sempra Energy is giving up plans to build a coal-fired power plant in northern Nevada and is putting the development rights up for sale.
A spokesman for the San Diego-based Sempra says the company will instead concentrate on energy development in Mexico, Louisiana and Texas.
Sempra had planned to build a 12-hundred megawatt power plant
called Granite Fox west of Gerlach near the Black Rock Desert.
The company says it plans to sell the development rights,
meaning such a project is still possible.
That worries some residents in the tiny desert town, who opposed
the plant project on the edge of a wilderness area.
Sempra was working to downsize Granite Fox because of California
regulations proposed to reduce global warming. The regulations
would prohibit the importation of power from new coal-fired plants.