"We know that climate change is real; the data keeps coming in and laying out a very tough scenario, so the people who put this energy center together ought to be commended. Replacing coal, bringing in a modern gas fired plant that will be able to supply energy needs quickly, particularly when renewables may be down, because of the wind or clouds. So it's a big winner. It's new, it's jobs, it's reliability."
— Gov. Jerry Brown in a video message
"At a time of increasing concern over the dangers of global warming, I'm very pleased that this center is taken advantage of clean technology to reduce fossil fuel emissions."
— Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., in a video message
"When this plant got started, we were in the depths of the depression in the construction industry. We had people who had been out of work for two or three years. This put 300 people from this area to work. ... People who were now able to pay their rent, make their house payment if they still had one, put food on the table and send their kids to school and provide clean, efficient energy for the state of California."
— Robert Balgenorth, president of the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California
"The Lodi Energy Center is a prime example of how we can increase energy production, improve energy efficiency, strengthen our local economy and improve the air quality in the Central Valley. ... Using treated wastewater means we are saving clean, fresh water for our farmers and families. Lessening our dependence on foreign oil means we are doing our part in supporting our nation's security
— Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Stockton, in a video message
"Flexibility is the Holy Grail. The Lodi Energy Center is exactly the type of generation we need. It can start quickly, it can stop quickly. ... We know it will be a dependable plant, we know we will get a fast response from it and we know it will be efficient and clean and give us everything we need."
— Stephen Berberich, president and CEO of the California Independent System Operator