League of Women Voters group eyes AES Redondo Beach plant

The League of Women Voters of the Beach Cities in Los Angeles County, Calif., will host a public forum Jan. 29 in Redondo Beach, on an AES (NYSE: AES) plan to build a new 500-MW gas plant, and a voter question on whether to simply tear down the existing plant.

The forum will include presentations by both AES Southland President Eric Pendergraft and co-authors of Measure RB-A to force closure of the existing power plant by rezoning the property, phasing out power plant generation and tearing down plant structures by 2022.

Sponsors of the measure want the plant’s waterfront property used for open spaces and commercial uses. Voters will be asked to decide the ballot measure March 5.

California Energy Commission (CEC) staff has said it needs more information from AES before it can declare the company’s application for a new Redondo Beach gas-fueled power plant complete.

CEC’s executive director recommended Jan. 9 that the plant application be declared inadequate and AES be instructed to supply more information. The application must be found complete before the CEC can start its 12-month license review clock.

In November 2012 AES Southland filed its application to build a roughly 500-MW combined-cycle power plant with air cooling to replace existing generation at the site. On Dec. 20, the CEC staff said a few weeks later that AES had submitted insufficient information in six of the 23 technical areas considered.

Several opposing groups filed comments in early January and claimed the application was lacking in additional areas. The groups that filed comments Jan. 4 included Building a Better Redondo, NoPowerPlant.com and Redondo Beach City Council.

The existing Redondo Beach power plant was built between 1954 and 1967, according to the AES California website.

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