- Docket Number
- 640 MW
- Huntington Beach
- Combined Cycle
- Project Status
- Operational (Natural Gas-Fired)
- Project Type
- Application for Certification
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 Amendment (PCA) 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 PCA to modify the project to replace the proposed project screening (wave wall) with a mural-based architectural treatment.
Power Plant Certification and Exemption Processes
As required by the Warren-Alquist Act, the Energy Commission monitors Commission-certified energy projects throughout construction, operation, and closure to ensure compliance with the conditions of certification imposed by the Commission’s Final Decision for approving the projects.