For immediate release: February 7, 2001
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 654-4989

Two Southern California Power Plant Proposals Begin Siting Process

Sacramento -- At today's Business Meeting, the California Energy Commission accepted as data adequate separate applications to retool and operate two Southern California power plants -- one in Huntington Beach in Orange County, and the other in the City of El Segundo, in the South Bay portion of Los Angeles.

The ruling of data adequacy officially begins the Commission's review and licensing process for the two projects

Huntington Beach Generating Station Retool Project

By a vote of 4-1, the Commission accepted as data adequate a proposal by AES that would add 450 megawatts of electricity production to the existing natural gas-fired facility. The Huntington Beach Power Station was purchased by AES from Southern California Edison in 1998.

In today's meeting, the Energy Commission designated Energy Commissioner Arthur Rosenfeld as Presiding Member of the Huntington Beach Power Plant Review Committee. Commissioner Robert Pernell will serve as the Committee's Associate Member.

El Segundo Power Redevelopment Project

By unanimous vote, the five Energy Commissioners ruled that the application submitted by NRG/Dynegy to replace an existing power plant in the seaside community of El Segundo was data adequate.

The two companies plan to replace existing El Segundo Generating Station Units 1 and 2 with a natural-gas-fired, combined-cycle facility capable of generating 630 megawatts -- 280 megawatts more than the production of the old units.

Energy Commissioner Robert Pernell was designated Presiding Member of the El Segundo Power Redevelopment Project; Chairman William Keese will serve as the Associate Member.

The California Energy Commission has statutory authority to site and license thermal power plants that are rated at 50 megawatts and larger and related transmission lines, fuel supply lines and other facilities. More information about the Energy Commission's review of California power plants is available at:

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