For Immediate Release: August 29, 2012
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Information hearing and site visit to be held September 10 for
Huntington Beach Energy Project

SACRAMENTO - The California Energy Commission committee reviewing the proposed Huntington Beach Energy Project will hold a site visit and informational hearing.

When: Monday, September 10, 2012, 4 p.m.

Where: Huntington Beach Central Library, 7111 Talbert Avenue, Huntington Beach, California

Before the hearing, the public is invited to join the committee on a tour of the proposed site. Transportation to the site leaves the library at 4 p.m. The informational hearing and environmental scoping meeting starts at 5 p.m.

Reservations for the site visit should be made before September 4 by contacting the Commissioner's Public Adviser's Office at (916) 654-4489 or 1-800-822-6228 or email publicadviser@energy.ca.gov.

Arrangements have been made for people unable to attend the hearing to participate by telephone and/or computer. For details, click the link and scroll to page 6: http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/huntington_beach_energy/notices/2012-09-10_site_visit_hearing.pdf

Why: The hearing will provide an opportunity for the public to obtain information about the project, offer comments, and to view the proposed site. The information provided at the hearing will help the committee to determine the scope and content of the environmental information that may needed for a thorough review of the project. The applicant will explain the plans for the project, while the Commission staff will discuss the licensing process.

What: The proposed Huntington Beach Energy Project is a 939-megawatt natural gas-powered project in Orange County. The applicant for the project is AES Southland Development, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of AES Corporation.

The proposed natural gas-fired, combined-cycle facility would be located northeast of the intersection of the Pacific Coast Highway and Newland Street in Huntington Beach. The project would be constructed on a 28.6-acre site located within the existing footprint of the existing Huntington Beach Generating Station.

The new facility would consist of two independently operating, combined-cycle gas turbine power blocks that would replace the existing Huntington Beach facility. The proposed project would use dry cooling, eliminating the use of ocean water for cooling and helping to protect the marine ecosystem.

If the Commission approves the Huntington Beach Energy Project by the first quarter of 2014, construction would begin the first quarter of 2015. Construction of Block 1 would last from the first quarter of 2015 through the second quarter of 2018. Work on Block 2 would run from the first quarter of 2018 through the second quarter of 2020, according to the applicant.

The applicant indicated that Units 1,2, and 5 of the existing Huntington Beach facility would be demolished for the new project. Unit 5 would be removed between the fourth quarter of 2014 and the end of 2015 to provide the space for the construction of Block 1. Units 1 and 2 would be demolished from the fourth quarter of 2020 through the third quarter of 2022.

The estimated capital cost for the Huntington Beach Energy Project would be from $500 to $550 million. The project would average 192 workers during the construction and demolition period, with a peak of about 230 workers for Block 1 and 240 workers for Block 2. There would be 33 employees when the project is operational, according to the applicant.

More information on the Huntington Beach Energy Project can be found at: http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/huntington_beach_energy/index.html

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