AES nears approvals for Huntington Beach repowering project

California Energy Commission staff reported that it is making progress working with various parties on approvals for the gas-fired, 939-MW Huntington Beach Energy Project (HBEP).

In June 2012, the AES Southland LLC unit of AES Corp. (NYSE: AES) submitted an Application for Certification (AFC) to the commission for the HBEP. The project will be located entirely within the footprint of the existing Huntington Beach Generating Station. The HBEP is a proposed natural-gas fired, combined-cycle, air-cooled, 939-MW facility that will replace the existing plant.

The HBEP will consist of two independently operating, three-on-one, combined-cycle gas turbine power blocks. Each power block will consist of three-gas-fired combustion turbine generators (CTG), three supplemental fired heat recovery steam generators (HRSG), one steam turbine generator (STG), an air-cooled condenser, and related ancillary equipment.

In a May 30 report to the commission, posted to the commission website on June 3, staff outlined three areas of work on project approvals.

  • Air Quality Analysis and Preliminary Determination of Compliance (PDOC). On April 5, staff participated in a conference call with the applicant and South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) to discuss the meteorology data set and the modeling methodology used by the applicant. As a result of the conference call, staff filed data requests seeking additional information from the applicant regarding air quality modeling and public health. The applicant filed data responses on May 17. If SCAQMD determines the data responses have adequately addressed the data requests, staff anticipates receiving a PDOC by mid-July.
  • On May 30, staff was due to meet with the City of Huntington Beach to discuss the city’s regulations associated with landscaping and architectural treatments of new development and the city’s efforts working with the applicant to develop a conceptual design plan for the HBEP.
  • Preliminary Staff Assessment (PSA) publication. Staff is continuing to prepare the PSA while reviewing the AFC and subsequent filings from the applicant. Pending a response from SCAQMD, and the receipt of a PDOC, staff anticipates being able to publish the PSA for the project by August. In the event staff does not receive a PDOC during this time, staff recommends proceeding with the publication of the PSA, without the Air Quality and Public Health sections. Once staff receives the PDOC from SCAQMD, it will publish the Air Quality and Public Health sections and proceed with publication of a Final Staff Assessment.
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