For Immediate Release: November 6, 2012
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Workshop to be held November 14 for Huntington Beach Energy Project

SACRAMENTO - The California Energy Commission staff will hold a workshop for the proposed Huntington Beach Energy Project.

When: Wednesday, November 14, 2012, starting at 3 p.m.

Where: Eader Elementary School, Multipurpose Room, 9291 Banning Avenue, Huntington Beach, California.

Arrangements have been made for people unable to attend the workshop to participate by telephone and/or computer. For details, click the link and scroll to page 4: http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/huntington_beach_energy/notices/2012-11-14_Notice_of_Workshop_TN-68291.pdf

Why: The workshop will provide an opportunity for agencies, the public, the applicant, intervenors, and other parties to discuss issues related to the project. Technical areas to be discussed include biological resources, cultural resources, and noise. The workshop will also provide a forum for the public to comment on or ask questions about the project and the Commission staff's environmental review of the project.

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 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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