For Immediate Release: August 27, 2013
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989


Energy Commission Begins Review for Redondo Beach Energy Project

SACRAMENTO - The California Energy Commission has started review of a proposed 496-megawatt (MW) natural gas power plant project in Los Angeles County.

The Energy Commission voted today to accept the application for certification for the Redondo Beach Energy Project as data adequate.

Data adequacy means the Energy Commission received enough information from the applicant to begin the discovery and analysis phases of the site certification process. The applicant for the project is AES Southland Development, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of The AES Corporation.

The Energy Commission named Commissioner Karen Douglas as the presiding member of the committee reviewing the project and Commissioner Janea A. Scott as the associate committee member. The committee will make sure that the project meets the Energy Commission's siting regulations, as well as those of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to mitigate potential project impacts.

The Energy Commission licenses thermal electric power plants in California that are 50 megawatts and greater along with electric transmission lines, fuel supply lines, and related facilities. During the review process, the Commission examines the public health and safety, environmental, and engineering impacts of the proposed project. The Energy Commission, which is the lead agency under CEQA, ensures that the projects it approves are safe and environmentally acceptable.

The Redondo Beach Energy Project is a proposed natural gas-fired, combined-cycle facility located southeast of the intersection of North Harbor Drive and Herondo Street in Redondo Beach. The new facility would replace the existing Redondo Beach Generating Station, which relies on 1950's technology, with a modern, more efficient plant that would utilize about 25% of the existing power plant site. The proposed project would use dry-cooling to reduce water use and comply with the State Water Resources Control Board's policy eliminating the use of ocean water for power plant cooling.

The project would be constructed on approximately 13 acres of the 50 acres of privately owned land within the footprint of the Redondo Beach Generating Station. The proposed facility would replace the Redondo Beach Generating Station, which would be demolished.

If the Energy Commission approves the Redondo Beach Energy Project, construction and demolition activities are scheduled to last from January 2016 until December 2020. The estimated capital cost for the project would be $500 million. The project would average 149 workers during the construction and demolition phases, with 338 workers at the peak. The 21 operational employees needed will be drawn from Redondo Beach Generating Station staff, according to the applicant.

More information on the Redondo Beach Energy Project can be found at:

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