AES asks for suspension until next August of Redondo Beach project case

A subsidiary of AES Corp. (NYSE: AES) on Nov. 6, without explaining why, asked the California Energy Commission to suspend its ongoing review for the 496-MW Redondo Beach Energy Project (RBEP).

Said the brief request: “AES Southland Development, LLC (‘AES’) and the City of Redondo Beach (‘City’), hereby submit this Petition for Suspension of the Application for Certification for the Redondo Beach Energy Project (‘Petition’). AES and the City request that the Committee suspend the Application for Certification (‘AFC’) proceedings for the Redondo Beach Energy Project, including ruling on any pending motions, until August 1, 2016.”

In November 2012, AES Southland filed this application for a project to be located entirely within the approximately 50-acre footprint of the existing Redondo Beach Generating Station, an operating power plant. The RBEP is a proposed natural-gas fired, combined-cycle, air-cooled facility with a net generating capacity of 496 MW which will replace the AES Redondo Beach Generating Station. RBEP will consist of one three-on-one, combined-cycle gas turbine power block with three natural-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.

The existing Redondo Beach Generating Station Units 1 through 8 and auxiliary boiler no. 17 will be demolished as part of the project. (Units 1, 2, 3, and 4 are retired. Units 5, 6, 7, and 8 are in use.)

Notable is that the California Coastal Commission on Sept. 14 filed with the California Energy Commission a copy of a Sept. 8 lawsuit filed against the Coastal Commission by AES Southland Development and AES Redondo Beach LLC. The AES companies lodged this Sept. 8 action at the Los Angeles County Superior Court to compel the Coastal Commission to follow the law. 

The AES companies said the Coastal Commission has violated the law by exceeding its statutory authority and attempting to classify 5.93 acres of the Redondo Beach Generating Station site as commission-jurisdictional wetlands. The area identified by the commission as “jurisdictional wetlands” includes four concrete-lined retention basins (that held oil tanks until as recently as 2006) and a constructed pit (collectively called the “Retention Basins”).

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