For Immediate Release: July 29, 2014
Media Contact: Michael Ward, 916-654-4989


Preliminary Staff Assessment Released for Redondo Beach Energy Project

SACRAMENTO - The California Energy Commission staff has released its preliminary environmental analysis for licensing the proposed Redondo Beach Energy Project (RBEP).

The Preliminary Staff Assessment (PSA), published July 28, concludes that in all but three technical sections—soil and water, air quality and visual resources—the project complies with all laws, ordinances, regulations and standards (LORS), and with the implementation of its recommended mitigation measures, potential environmental impacts would be mitigated to levels of less than significant.

In November 2012, AES Southland, LLC, filed an Application for Certification for the proposed RBEP with the Energy Commission. The proposed 496-megawatt, natural gas-fired plant would replace the existing 1,310 MW Redondo Beach Generating Station (RBGS) in Redondo Beach, CA, and would be located within the approximately 50-acre footprint of the current facility.

As proposed, the RBEP would leave 20-acres of the 50-acre RBGS site for other uses, be more efficient, and use an air-cooled condenser for cooling, eliminating the use of once-through cooling with ocean water.

The PSA serves as the staff's initial evaluation of the environmental, engineering, public health and safety impacts of the proposed facility. It is not the decision document for proceedings on the proposed power plant, nor does it contain final findings of the Energy Commission related to environmental impacts or the project's compliance with local, state, and federal legal requirements. After the 30-day comment period, staff will respond to public comments in the Final Staff Assessment (FSA).

The FSA will act as staff's testimony in evidentiary hearings to be held by the RBEP Committee—Commissioner and Presiding Member Karen Douglas and Commissioner and Associate Member Janea Scott. 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 a final decision.

The PSA for the proposed Redondo Beach Energy Project is available at

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About the California Energy Commission
The California Energy Commission is the state's primary energy policy and planning agency. Created by the Legislature in 1974 and based in Sacramento, the Energy Commission has six basic responsibilities that guide its actions when setting state energy policy: forecasting future energy needs; licensing thermal power plants 50 megawatts or larger; promoting energy efficiency and conservation by setting the state's appliance and building efficiency standards; supporting public interest energy research that advances energy science and technology through research, development, and demonstration projects; developing renewable energy resources and alternative renewable energy technologies for buildings, industry and transportation; and planning for and directing state response to energy emergencies.