For Immediate Release: September 20, 2013
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989


El Segundo workshop to be held October 1

What: The California Energy Commission staff will hold a workshop on the proposed El Segundo Energy Center Amendment.

When: Tuesday, October 1, 2013, beginning at 1 p.m.

Where: California Energy Commission, Fourth Floor, North Conference Room A, 1516 Ninth Street, Sacramento, California 95814

If you're unable to attend the workshop, you can participate by telephone and/or by computer at this site:

Why: The workshop is being held to allow staff, the applicant, interested agencies, intervenors, and the public to ask for clarification about staff's data requests and discuss the applicant's responses. The workshop will also work to resolve project issues and the project schedule.

Among the topics scheduled to be discussed include: air quality; alternatives; biological resources; cultural resources; project description; socioeconomics; soil & water resources; visual resources; and waste management. Other technical areas may be discussed. The public will be able to comment and ask questions about the proposed project.

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. Commercial operation of Units 5-8 began 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:

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