Huntington Beach Energy Project
12-AFC-02 (Application For Certification)
Project Status: In Review
Committee Overseeing This Case:
Andrew McAllister, Commissioner, Presiding Member
Karen Douglas, Commissioner, Associate Member
Hearing Officer: Susan Cochran
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- 6/27/2012 - Application for Certification (AFC) filed
- 8/09/2012 - Commission accepts AFC as "data adequate."
- 10/15/2013 - Commission staff releases Preliminary Staff Analysis, Part A.
- 3/7/2014 - Commission staff releases Preliminary Staff Analysis, Part B.
- 5/30/2014 - Commission staff releases Final Staff Analysis.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT
On June 27, 2012 AES Southland, LLC submitted an Application for Certification (AFC) to the California Energy Commission seeking permission to construct and operate a power generation facility, the Huntington Beach Energy Project (HBEP), located in the City of Huntington Beach just north of the intersection of the Pacific Coast Highway and Newland Street. The project will be located entirely within the footprint of the existing Huntington Beach Generating Station, an operating power plant.
The HBEP is a proposed natural-gas fired, combined-cycle, air-cooled, 939-megawatt (MW) electrical generating facility that will replace the AES Huntington Beach Generating Station. HBEP will consist of two independently operating, three-on-one, combined-cycle gas turbine power blocks. Each power block will consist of three-gas-fired combustion turbine generators (CTG), three supplemental fired heat recovery steam generators (HRSG), one steam turbine generator (STG), an air-cooled condenser, and related ancillary equipment. Other equipment and facilities to be constructed and shared by both power blocks include natural gas compressors, water treatment facilities, emergency services, and administration and maintenance buildings.
Energy Commission Facility Certification Process
The California Energy Commission is the lead agency (for licensing thermal power plants 50 megawatts and larger) under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and has a certified regulatory program under CEQA. Under its certified program, the Energy Commission is exempt from having to prepare an environmental impact report. Its certified program, however, does require environmental analysis of the project, including an analysis of alternatives and mitigation measures to minimize any significant adverse effect the project may have on the environment.
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