Early vote tally shows defeat of anti-AES power plant bill

A local ballot measure that targeted an AES (NYSE:AES) subsidiary’s gas-fired power plant in Redondo Beach, Calif., appears headed for defeat, according to “semi-official” results posted on the city’s website.

The semi-official results show “Measure A” being defeated by a county of 5,861 to 5,478 votes. Voting on the ballot measure took place March 5.

In Redondo Beach, Measure A would have rezoned the site of the gas-fired AES Redondo Beach plant and required the plant to shut down by the end of 2020, according to the Los Angeles Times. It also would have complicated an AES plan to build a gas-fired plant to comply with changed state regulations on the use of ocean water for cooling.

In November 2012 AES filed an application with the California Energy Commission (CEC) seeking to develop a 500-MW combined-cycle gas plant at the existing Redondo Beach station. In February, AES and consultant CH2M Hill submitted a 66-page data supplement package on the new power generation proposal.

Old generating units at the Los Angeles County site, several of them already retired, would be demolished as part of the station makeover.

New power block construction will begin in the first quarter of 2017 and continue through the fourth quarter of 2019, AES said.

The current AES Redondo Beach plant was built between 1954 and 1967. It was owned and operated by Southern California Edison until 1998, when the electric industry was restructured and SCE sold most of its generating facilities, according to an AES website. At that time, AES purchased the Alamitos, Huntington Beach and Redondo Beach generating facilities.

The existing Redondo Beach power station has a generating capacity listed at more than 1,300 MW.


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