For immediate release: February 14, 2001
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 654-4989

Energy Commission Begins Review of
Huntington Beach Power Plant Restart

First Two Public Meetings Scheduled



Sacramento -- The first two public meetings have been scheduled for the permitting to restart a power plant project in the Orange County City of Huntington Beach.

The California Energy Commission staff will hold a special day-long workshop on Thursday, February 15, 2001, for the Huntington Beach Generating Station Retool Project. The workshop, to be held in Sacramento, will be made available to the applicant's representatives, interested agencies, and the general public by a toll-free telephone number.

Purpose of the initial workshop will be to identify and discuss the major issues concerning the project. Topics to be discussed include: air quality, biological resources, water resources, visual aspects, and any other issue of interest to those participating in the workshop.

Thursday, February 15, 2001
9 a.m. to 4 p.m
California Energy Commission
Hearing Room B
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento, California
Wheelchair Accessible

Teleconference Number
1-800-403-2022
ID No. 750343


To access the workshop by phone, dial the toll-free number and give the operator the identification number.

Next Wednesday, February 21, 2001, a site visit and informational hearing will take place in Huntington Beach.

SITE VISIT INFORMATIONAL HEARING
Wednesday, February 21, 2001
Beginning at 3 p.m.
AES Huntington Beach Generating Station
21730 Newland Street
Huntington Beach, California
Wednesday, February 21, 2001
Beginning at 5 p.m.
Huntington Beach City Hall
Council Chambers
2000 Main Street
Huntington Beach, California
Wheelchair Accessible
NOTE: THIS IS A LOCATION CHANGE!


Members of the general public and all interested agencies are invited to attend any portion of the workshop, hearing or site visit and to question the project applicant and Energy Commission staff concerning the project and the Commission's certification process.


The project

AES Huntington Beach, Limited Liability Company, is planning to retool and operate the existing 450-megawatt, natural-gas-fired units 3 and 4 to the Huntington Beach Generating Station.

The retooling project would return to service two generating units that have been out of service since 1995. AES is proposing to rebuild the existing steam turbines with new natural gas burners, a burner management system, new draft fans, and to add emission control equipment using Selective Catalytic Reduction technology.

On February 8, 2001, Governor Gray Davis signed an Executive Order directing the Energy Commission to expedite to the extent feasible the licensing of existing thermal power plants that require retooling. The Energy Commission staff is recommending the permitting process be completed in 60 days.

The public is encouraged to participate and provide comments in the early days of the review process. For information on how to participate in the Energy Commission's review of the proposed project, please contact Roberta Mendonca, the Energy Commission's Public Adviser, at (916) 654-4489, toll free in California at (800) 822-6228, or by e-mail at pao@energy.state.ca.us.

If you require special accommodations, contact Robert Sifuentes, Equal Employment Officer, at (916) 654-5004, as soon as possible prior to the workshop.

Information about the project and the siting process itself is available on-line at

www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/huntingtonbeach

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