Redondo Beach Energy Project
12-AFC-03 (Application For Certification)
Project Status: In Review, Suspended until April 1, 2015
Committee Overseeing This Case:
Karen Douglas, Commissioner, Presiding Member
Janea Scott, Commissioner, Associate Member
Hearing Officer: Susan Cochran
- 11/20/2012 - Application for Certification (AFC) filed
- 8/27/2013 - Commission accepts AFC as "data adequate."
- 7/28/2014 - Commission staff releases Preliminary Staff Analysis.
- 9/2/2014 - Order Suspending Proceeding - Until April 1, 2015.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT
On November 20, 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 Redondo Beach Energy Project (RBEP), located at 1100 North Harbor Drive in the City of Redondo Beach, Los Angeles County. The site for the proposed project is southeast of and adjacent to the North Harbor Drive and Herondo Street intersection and would utilize 10.5 acres in addition to, a 2.2 acre existing switchyard located entirely within the approximately 50-acre footprint of the existing Redondo Beach Generating Station, an operating power plant.
The RBEP is a proposed natural-gas fired, combined-cycle, air-cooled electrical generating facility with a net generating capacity of 496 megawatt (MW), which will replace, and be constructed on the site of the AES Redondo Beach Generating Station. RBEP will consist of one three-on-one, combined-cycle gas turbine power block with three natural-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 include natural gas compressors, water treatment facilities, emergency services, and administration and maintenance buildings. The existing Redondo Beach Generating Station Units 1 through 8 and auxiliary boiler no. 17 will be demolished as part of the project. (Units 1, 2, 3, and 4 are currently retired. Units 5, 6, 7, and 8 are currently in use.) The Wyland Whaling Wall will be dismantled and moved to a new location directly in front of the proposed power block.
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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