Docket Number
640 MW
Huntington Beach
Combined Cycle
Project Status
Operational (Natural Gas-Fired)
Project Type
Application for Certification
Project Description

The Huntington Beach Energy Project (HBEP) is located at 21730 Newland Street, Huntington Beach. The site is in the city of Huntington Beach just north of the intersection of the Pacific Coast Highway and Newland Street. The project is located entirely within the footprint of the existing Huntington Beach Generating Station, an operating power plant.

The HBEP is a nominal 844-megawatt (MW), natural gas-fired, combined-cycled, and simple cycle gas turbine electric generating facility. The 644 MW combined cycle gas turbine generator began operation on June 25, 2020.

The originally permitted HBEP was a natural-gas fired, combined-cycle, air-cooled, 939 MW electrical generating facility to replace the AES Huntington Beach Generating Station. As licensed, HBEP would have consisted of two independently operating, three-on-one, combined-cycle gas turbine power blocks.

On April 1, 2017, the California Energy Commission (CEC) approved a Post-Certification Petition to Amend (PTA) to included one combined-cycle, 2-on-1 power block that would generate 640-MW, and two simple-cycle turbines that would produce 200 MW.

On April 14, 2021, the CEC approved a PTA to modify the project to replace the proposed project screening (wave wall) with a mural-based architectural treatment.

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Power Plant Certification and Exemption Processes

The CEC has the exclusive authority to certify all thermal power plants 50 megawatts (MW) and larger and related facilities proposed for construction in California. The Application for Certification (AFC) process is a certified regulatory program under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). As a certified regulatory program, the CEC does not prepare environmental impact reports (EIRs) in an AFC proceeding, but instead prepares environmental assessment documents that are functionally equivalent to EIRs. A certificate issued by the CEC is in lieu of any permit, certificate, or similar document otherwise required by any state, local or regional agency, or federal agency to the extent permitted by federal law, and supersedes any applicable statute, ordinance, or regulation of any state, local, or regional agency, or federal agency to the extent permitted by federal law.

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Docket Log (12-AFC-02)

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