The California Energy Commission today voted unanimously to license the El Segundo Redevelopment Project. The project would replace two generating units at the El Segundo power plant site with two modern, natural gas-fired, combined-cycle units that would generate a total of 630 megawatts.
El Segundo II, LLC, sought the license to demolish and replace the 1950s vintage units 1 and 2 with much-more-efficient modern turbines. The new facility would use existing infrastructure on the power plant site, but employ state-of-the-art control technology to reduce emissions.
The Energy Commission decision continues to allow the new units to use seawater for cooling, but requires the project owner to provide $5 million to the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission to study the biological dynamics of the Bay. In addition, the decision places caps on the amount of seawater the system can use and requires the project owner to conduct a study to determine whether an aquatic filter barrier could eliminate the entrainment of marine organisms. If so, a filter barrier must be installed.
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Since deregulation occurred in California, the Energy Commission has now licensed - or given Small Power Plant Exemptions - to 52 facilities, totaling 22,066 megawatts. Twenty four of those power plants are in operation, producing 8,311 megawatts. Another eight facilities are expected to come on-line in time to help California through the summer of 2005 by adding 2,051 megawatts to the grid.
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