For Immediate Release: February 23, 2017
Media Contact: Michael Ward - 916-654-4989
Proposed Decision Released for Alamitos Energy Center Project
SACRAMENTO - The California Energy Commission committee conducting proceedings on the Alamitos Energy Center (AEC) has issued its Presiding Member’s Proposed Decision (PMPD) recommending approval of the proposed project.
The committee – Commissioner Karen Douglas, presiding member and Commissioner Janea Scott, associate member – on Feb. 13 concluded that the proposed AEC will, with mitigation, have no significant impacts on the environment and will comply with all applicable laws, ordinances, regulations, and standards.
In 2015, AES Southland Development LLC submitted an application to build and operate a 1,040 megawatt (MW) natural gas-fired combined cycled and simple cycle, air-cooled electrical generating facility in Long Beach. The plant would occupy 21 acres of the existing 71-acre Alamitos Generating Station (AGS), a 1950s-era natural gas/oil steam turbine facility with a generating capacity of 1,950 MW. The facility uses “once-through cooling,” a practice that the State Water Resources Control Board is requiring be phased out. AES had originally planned to modernize the facility but decided instead to build the proposed project.
The PMPD is not a final decision on the proposed plant, but a recommendation from the committee. The PMPD will go through a 30-day public comment period. A committee conference will be held March 1 in Long Beach to hear public comment. The PMPD is scheduled for the April 12 business meeting, where the five commissioners will decide to accept, reject or modify the committee's recommendations.
Details on participating in the committee conference and business meeting can be viewed in the public notice.
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The California Energy Commission is the state's primary energy policy and planning agency. The agency was established by the California Legislature through the Warren-Alquist Act in 1974. It has seven core responsibilities: advancing state energy policy, encouraging energy efficiency, certifying thermal power plants, investing in energy innovation, developing renewable energy, transforming transportation and preparing for energy emergencies.