AES wants to resume work on Redondo Beach repowering project in California

AES Southland Development LLC on March 20 asked the California Energy Commission to resume its consideration of the Redondo Beach Energy Project (RBEP) now that a local ballot initiative related to alternative uses of the power plant site has gone down to defeat.

“On August 20, 2014, AES Southland Development, LLC (the ‘Applicant’) requested that the Committee suspend the processing of the Application for Certification for the Redondo Beach Energy Project (12-AFC-03; the ‘Application’), pending an election in Redondo Beach on the Harbor Village Plan Initiative,” the request said. “On September 2, 2014 the Committee issued an order suspending the proceeding until April 1, 2015. The request for suspension stated that depending on the results of the election, the Applicant would either request that the Application be withdrawn or that the Commission continue processing the Application.

“In the election on March 4, 2015, the Initiative was not approved. Therefore, by this letter, the Applicant requests that the Commission resume processing of the Application. A proposed schedule for resumption of the proceeding is attached. The proposed schedule is consistent with the Commission’s typical timetable for processing of applications. Prior to the suspension of the proceeding, Staff issued a Preliminary Staff Assessment (‘PSA’) for the Redondo Beach Energy Project. We are not aware of any changes in conditions or circumstances that would necessitate a supplement to the Application or require an update to the PSA. We recommend that the proceeding resume with a new 30-day public comment period on the PSA, commencing on April 1, 2015. We recommend that a PSA Workshop be conducted during the comment period.”

The project by this AES Corp. (NYSE: AES) subsidiary would be located entirely within the footprint of the existing AES Redondo Beach Generating Station, an operating power plant that would be retired. The RBEP is planned as a natural-gas fired, combined-cycle, air-cooled facility with a net capacity of 496 MW. That plan has kicked up lot of local opposition from citizens who want something different for this prime waterfront site other than the continued existence for decades to come of a power plant.

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