OXNARD (AP) — A California utility has offered toilets in a bid to get Oxnard’s approval of a proposed coastal power plant.

Southern California Edison’s toilet deal is outlined in a letter to Oxnard leaders who rejected the utility’s plan for a peaker plant near an existing Mandalay Beach electricity generating facility.

The utility says it will install enough free water-saving toilets and urinals in the city to offset the 45-megawatt peaker plant’s water usage, estimated at nearly nine million gallons a year.

The Ventura County Star says Oxnard has refused to issue construction permits, although the peaker plant was approved in 2009 by the California Coastal Commission. The city earlier rejected Edison’s proposal to transfer surface water to the city in an attempt to comply with the city’s water use neutrality policy.

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