California commission to review Redondo Beach project status on April 10

The California Energy Commission committee assigned to conduct proceedings on the Application for Certification (AFC) for the Redondo Beach Energy Project (RBEP) has scheduled an April 10 public status conference at commission headquarters to review the progress of the application.

In November 2012, the AES Southland LLC unit of AES Corp. (NYSE: AES) submitted an AFC to construct and operate a power generation facility, the Redondo Beach Energy Project (RBEP), located at 1100 North Harbor Drive, in the city of Redondo Beach, Los Angeles County. The project would be located entirely within the footprint of the existing AES Redondo Beach Generating Station, an operating power plant.

Energy Commission staff published the Preliminary Staff Assessment (PSA) in July 2014. Shortly before the PSA was published, the committee learned that AES had submitted an initiative petition to the city of Redondo Beach. The initiative sought the approval of the electorate for a land use plan for the RBEP site as a mixed-use development of 600 new residences, 250 hotel rooms, and 85,000 square feet of commercial space. Work on the AFC was suspended until April 1 of this year. On March 3, the initiative failed. AES submitted a letter on March 20 asking that work resume on the AFC and seeking a new scheduling order from the committee.

In order to hear from all of the parties on the future scheduling of this matter, the committee will hold the April 10 status conference. It may at that meeting address any then-pending motions, petitions, and other requests that are ripe for consideration.

Under this plan, the existing AES Redondo Beach Generating Station would be retired. The RBEP is planned as a natural-gas fired, combined-cycle, air-cooled facility with a net capacity of 496 MW.

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