California commission plans workshop on Redondo Beach project

The California Energy Commission staff has scheduled a Dec. 5 workshop on the Redondo Beach Energy Project of AES Southland Development LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the AES Corp. (NYSE: AES).

The Redondo Beach Energy Project is a proposed natural gas-fired, combined-cycle facility located southeast of the intersection of North Harbor Drive and Herondo Street in Redondo Beach in Los Angeles County.

The new 496-MW facility would replace the existing Redondo Beach Generating Station – which relies on 1950s technology – with a modern, more efficient plant that would utilize about 26% of the existing power plant site. It would use dry-cooling to reduce water use and comply with the State Water Resources Control Board’s policy eliminating the use of ocean water for power plant cooling. The existing Redondo Beach Generating Station would be demolished.

Construction and demolition activities are scheduled from January 2016 until December 2020. The project’s estimated capital cost would be $500m.

This workshop, to be held in Redondo Beach, will likely generate a lot of negative comment. The city itself and local politicians are opposed to building this new facility at the old site, since they would like to put the site to other uses as part of a broader waterfront redevelopment and beautification project.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.