For immediate release: March 29, 2001
Media Contact: MaryAnn Costamagna (916) 654-4989

Energy Commission Report Recommends Limited-Time Approval of
Huntington Beach Power Plant
Committee Conference Scheduled For April 9, 2001

Sacramento A Licensing Committee report issued today by the California Energy Commission recommends an emergency, five-year approval of the proposed Huntington Beach Generating Station Retool Project, providing certain conditions are met.

The 204-page report and a detailed description of the power project can be viewed and printed from the Energy Commission's Web Site located at:

(The two-page Executive Summary of the Committee's recommendation is at that address as a seperate, easy-to-download file.)

AES Huntington Beach, Limited Liability Company, plans 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 boilers 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. AES has announced that they will be able to begin delivering power to the California system 90 days after being licensed by the Energy Commission.

To meet the expedited schedule and have the project available for summer, a Committee Conference will be held in Huntington Beach April 9, 2001. A final vote on the project is scheduled for the Energy Commission Business Meeting to be held April 18, 2001 in Sacramento.

Committee Conference:
Monday, April 9, 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. 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

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

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