For Immediate Release: July 26, 2013
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

El Segundo informational hearing and site visit to be held August 13

What: The California Energy Commission committee reviewing the proposed El Segundo Energy Center Amendment is holding a site visit and informational hearing.

Why: The hearing is to give the public an opportunity to learn about the project, offer comments, and view the proposed site. The project applicant – El Segundo Energy Center LLC, a subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc – will explain the project and Commission staff will explain the amendment process and its role in the review. The hearing will help the committee of two Commissioners assigned to the project determine the scope and content of the environmental information needed.

Where: Embassy Suites Hotel, 1440 East Imperial Avenue, El Segundo, California 90245

Before the hearing, the public is invited to join the committee on a tour of the proposed site. Transportation to the site leaves the hotel at 3 p.m. The informational hearing starts at 5 p.m.

Reservations for the site visit should be made before August 9 by contacting the Commission’s Public Adviser’s Office at (916) 654-4489 or 1-800-822-6228 or email publicadviser@energy.ca.gov.

Those unable to attend the hearing can participate by telephone and/or by computer at this site: http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/elsegundo/compliance/2013-07-12_Notice_of_Public_Site_Visit_Environmental_Scoping_Meeting_and_Informational_Hearing_TN-71566.pdf

When: Tuesday, August 13, 2013. Site visit begins at 3 p.m. with informational hearing scheduled to start at 5 p.m.

Background and Next Steps:

The applicant for the amendment is El Segundo Energy Center LLC, a subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc. The project site is located at 301 Vista Del Mar Boulevard in El Segundo in Los Angeles County.

The El Segundo power plant is a 1,052-megawatt (MW) natural gas power plant built in the 1950’s. In 2005, the Commission approved a plan to demolish and replace Units 1 and 2 with Units 5, 6, and 7 with the continued use of once-through cooling. In 2010, the Commission approved an amendment to install four rapid start combined-cycle units (Units 5-8) using dry cooling technology. Construction of Units 5-8 is underway with commercial operation scheduled to start in August 2013.

In April 2013, the applicant filed an amendment that would demolish two steam boiler units (Units 3 and 4) and replace them with 449 MW of dry-cooled, natural gas-fired electrical generating capacity (Units 9-12). This amendment is expected to eliminate the use of ocean water for once-through cooling. When completed, the facility’s total generating capacity would be 1,022 MW (Units 5-12).

If the Commission approves the latest El Segundo amendment, the applicant plans to demolish Units 3 and 4 by the end of 2015. Construction on the project is expected to start by mid-2016 and conclude in 2018. The projected on-line date is summer 2018.

The estimated capital cost for the project would be $420 to $500 million. The project is estimated to peak at 422 workers during the 11th month of construction. About 50 fulltime employees will be required for the operation of the project. The operations staff will consist of new and existing employees, according to the applicant.

More information on the proposed El Segundo amendment can be found here: http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/elsegundo_amendment/2013_amendment/2013_amendment_background.html


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