CEC to hold workshops on Nov. 14 for 939-MW gas plant and 500-MW solar plant in California

On Nov. 14, the California Energy Commission will hold workshops for the proposed Huntington Beach Energy Project and Rio Mesa Solar Electric Generating Facility.

For Huntington Beach project, a workshop will be held in Huntington Beach, Calif., while a workshop for Rio Mesa Solar project will be held in Palm Desert, California.

The workshops will provide an opportunity for agencies, the public, the applicant, intervenors, and other parties to discuss issues related to the projects. The workshops will also provide a forum for the public to comment on or ask questions about the project and the commission staff’s environmental review of the project.

Beach Energy Project

The proposed Huntington Beach Energy Project is a 939-MW natural gas-powered project in Orange County. AES Corp. subsidiary AES Southland Development LLC wants to build the natural gas-fired, combined-cycle facility that would be located northeast of the intersection of the Pacific Coast Highway and Newland Street in Huntington Beach.

If the commission approves the Huntington Beach Energy Project by the first quarter of 2014, construction would begin the first quarter of 2015. The estimated capital cost for the Huntington Beach Energy Project would be from $500m to $550m.

Rio Mesa Project

BrightSource Energy Inc. is the applicant for the Rio Mesa project. The proposed project consists of two 250-MW solar plants. The project would be located on the Palo Verde Mesa in Riverside County, about 13 miles southwest of Blythe. The proposed 3,805-acre site would be located on land leased from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

The estimated capital construction cost for the 500-MW Rio Mesa project is about $2b. If the project is approved, construction of the facility, from site preparation and grading to commercial operation, would take about 30 months.

Construction would be staggered with the first solar plant scheduled to start the fourth quarter of 2013, while the second plant would begin the first quarter of 2014.