[California Energy Commission Letterhead]


STATE OF CALIFORNIA

Energy Resources
Conservation and Development Commission



In the Matter of:                   )		
                                    )     Docket No. 00-AFC-13
Application for Certification       )	
of the Huntington Beach Generating  )     SITE VISIT AND	
Station Retool Project              )     INFORMATIONAL HEARING
HUNTINGTON BEACH                    )
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The Committee designated to conduct proceedings on the Application for Certification for the Huntington Beach Generating Station Retool Project (Project) will hold a SITE VISIT AND INFORMATIONAL HEARING as follows:

I. SITE VISIT

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2001
Beginning at 3 p.m.
Assemble at the AES Huntington Beach Generating Station
21730 Newland Street
Huntington Beach, CA


Following the site visit we will return to the Assembly Hall at AES Huntington Beach Generating Station for the Informational Hearing, beginning approximately at 5 p.m. Landowners, members of the general public, and interested agencies are invited to attend this event, or any portion of this event, and question the Applicant and Energy Commission staff concerning the project and the CommissionŐs certification process. The Commission's Public Adviser, Roberta Mendonca, can assist interested individuals or organizations and provide information on participating in the Commission's certification process. She may be reached at (916) 654-4489 or, (800) 822-6228 or email: PAO@energy.state.ca.us Persons planning to go on the site visit should notify Roberta Mendonca by e-mail or by telephone no later than Friday, February 16, 2001.


II. INFORMATIONAL HEARING

NOTE LOCATION CHANGE!

Beginning at 5 p.m.
Huntington Beach City Hall
Council Chambers
2000 Main Street
Huntington Beach Library Theater
7111 Talbert Avenue
Huntington Beach, CA
[Wheelchair Accessible]

Project Description

The AES Huntington Beach Generating Station Retool Project is proposed to be a nominal 450 megawatt (MW), natural gas-fired boiler retooling at the existing Huntington Beach Generating Station (HBGS) located in the City of Huntington Beach, in Orange County. The 12-acre site is located at 21730 Newland Street, southeast of the intersection of Newland Street and the Pacific Coast Highway, and about 600 feet east of the Pacific Ocean.

AES is proposing to retool and operate Units 3 and 4, which currently exist, but are out of service at the HBGS. The steam turbine generators will be rebuilt with new natural gas burners, a burner management system, and new draft fans. Southern California Edison (SCE) took these units out of service in 1995 when it owned the HBGS. At that time SCE surrendered its operating permits to the South Coast Air Quality Management District. The Retool Project would restore these units to service. In addition to the boiler retooling, AES will be adding Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) equipment for emissions control.

The proposed Retool Project will be built entirely within the boundaries of the existing HBGS. No additional transmission lines or related transmission facilities will be required. It will use an existing 230 kilovolt (kV) switchyard owned by SCE. The proposed project will use natural gas supplied by the Southern California Gas Company via an existing 30-inch diameter pipeline. No changes to the pipeline or onsite connection to the pipeline will be required.

The project will use once-through circulating water from the Pacific Ocean for cooling, while process water for steam generation and potable water for domestic needs will be supplied by the City of Huntington Beach via existing city water mains. Circulating cooling water, plant low volume waste streams such as water softener regeneration brines, and stormwater are currently discharged from the plant to the Pacific Ocean under the provisions of a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit. The retooled Units 3 and 4 would discharge to the same existing system.

During construction, a peak workforce of 530 people would be employed. During operation, the HBGS, with the addition of the retooled Units 3 and 4, would employ approximately 43 full-time staff.

III. ISSUES IDENTIFICATION REPORT

In order to assist participants in understanding the project, Staff is directed to prepare and serve, upon those listed on the Proof of Service List, a written statement summarizing the potential major issues in this case no later than Monday, February 12, 2001. Copies of the Issues Identification Report may be obtained by calling Pat Owens, Project Secretary, at (916) 653-4677. The Staff statement will also be available on the Commission's Internet home page at: http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/huntingtonbeach

How to Participate

Members of the public may participate in all phases of the licensing process in a variety of ways. If you need information concerning public participation, please contact Roberta Mendonca, the Commission's Public Adviser, at (916) 654-4489 or, toll free in California, at (800) 822-6228 or, email: PAO@energy.state.ca.us Please contact Robert Sifuentes at (916) 654-5004 if you require special accommodation to participate at this meeting.

Technical questions concerning the project should be addressed to Jack Caswell, the Commission's Project Manager, at (916) 653-0062 or, email at: jcaswell@energy.state.ca.us

Questions of a legal or procedural nature should be directed to Gary Fay, the Hearing Officer, at (916) 654-3893 or, email at: gfay@energy.state.ca.us

Media inquiries should be directed to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director for Media and Public Communications at (916) 654-4989 or, email at: energia@energy.ca.gov

Information concerning the status of the project, as well as notices and other relevant documents, is also available on the Energy Commission's Internet home page at: http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/huntingtonbeach




Date On-line: February 14, 2001

ENERGY RESOURCES CONSERVATION
AND DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION


ARTHUR H. ROSENFELD, Ph.D.
Commissioner and Presiding Member
Huntington Beach AFC Committee


ROBERT PERNELL
Commissioner and Associate Member
Huntington Beach AFC Committee

Mailed to: 7042, 7043, 7044 and Proof of Ser




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