For immediate release: March 12, 2001
Media Contact: Rob Schlichting -- 916 654-4989

Energy Commission Staff Assessment
On Proposed Huntington Power Project
Now Available

Hearing and Workshops Scheduled For This Week

Sacramento -- A Final Staff Assessment of the construction and operation of the proposed Huntington Beach Generating Station Retool Project is now available from the California Energy Commission. The report and a detailed description of the power project can be viewed and printed from the Energy Commission's Web Site located at:

The report contains the Energy Commission staff's independent analysis and the Huntington Beach Generating Station Retool Project. This is not a final decision, nor does it contain the final findings of the Energy Commission.

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

To meet that schedule, several workshops and an evidentiary hearing are being held in Huntington Beach this week.

Beginning at 9:00 a.m.
Huntington Beach Library, Maddy Room
7111 Talbert Avenue
Huntington Beach, California

Evening Workshop:
Beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Huntington Beach City Hall, Council Chambers
2000 Main Street
Huntington Beach, California

Evidentiary Hearing:
FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2001
Beginning at 10:00 a.m.
Huntington Beach City Hall, Council Chambers
2000 Main Street
Huntington Beach, California

The public is encouraged to participate and provide comments in 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

Meeting sites are wheelchair accessable. 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

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