SDG&E Deal on Otay Mesa Revised Consumer groups dropped their opposition to San Diego Gas & Electric's proposal to buy the output from Calpine's Otay Mesa plant. Under the amended proposal heading to the California Public Utilities Commission, SDG&E has the right to buy the 570 MW facility in 2019 at a fixed price. The utility would begin buying the plant's output in 2009 for ten years. "Our primary reason for support is that SDG&E has now secured the rights to buy the plant at a set price after the expiration of the power-purchase agreement," said Michael Shames, executive director of the Utility Consumers' Action Network. UCAN and The Utility Reform Network were concerned that Calpine, which is in bankruptcy and burdened by massive debts, would charge unreasonable prices for the plant's electricity. "Ownership of the plant was a secondary issue," Shames added. The reworked petition - including the utility, UCAN, TURN, and the Office of Ratepayer Advocates - was not available at press time.