For Immediate Release: November 15, 2013
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989


Huntington Beach Energy Project Workshop Scheduled for November 20

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

When: Wednesday, November 20, 2013, beginning at 4 p.m.

Where: Huntington Beach Central Library, 7111 Talbert Avenue, Huntington Beach, California 92648

Those unable to attend the workshop can participate by telephone and/or by computer by visiting the following site:

Why: The workshop is being held to allow Commission staff, the applicant, intervenors, interested parties, agencies, and the public to discuss technical issues identified in the preliminary staff assessment (PSA) for the 939-megawatt natural gas power project.The first part of the PSA was released October 10.

The second part, covering the alternatives analysis, air quality, and public health sections, is scheduled to be filed 45 days after the Commission receives the preliminary determination of compliance (PDOC) from the South Coast Air Quality Management District. The PDOC explains how the project would comply with applicable air quality regulatory requirements, and proposes permit conditions to ensure compliance.

The PSA is the staff’s initial evaluation of the project’s environmental, engineering, public health and safety impacts. The evaluation is not a decision from the Commission nor does it contain findings of the Commission related to the environmental impacts or the project's compliance with local, state and federal legal requirements.

Information from the workshop will be used to prepare the final staff assessment that will serve as staff's testimony at evidentiary hearings conducted by the committee reviewing the project. The committee will issue a proposed decision based on evidence presented at the hearings. The proposed decision will be presented to the full Commission for final action.

Background and Next Steps: The project applicant is AES Southland Development, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of AES Corporation. The proposed natural gas-fired, combined-cycle facility would be located north 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 that would be demolished and removed.

The new facility would consist of two independently operating, combined-cycle gas turbine power blocks that would replace the existing Huntington Beach facility. It 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. Demolition and construction activities for the project are scheduled between the first quarter of 2015 and the third quarter of 2022. The project is estimated to cost between $500 million to $550 million. It would average192 workers during the construction and demolition period, with a peak of 236. There would be 33 employees when the project is operational, according to the applicant.

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