AES extends hold on 496-MW Redondo Beach repower proposal until February

The AES Southland Development LLC unit of AES Corp. (NYSE: AES) and the City of Redondo Beach filed a brief Aug. 12 notice with the California Energy Commission that they want a continued suspension of the approval proceeding for the Redondo Beach Energy Project.

“The purpose of this Notice is to inform the Committee, Commission Staff, and members of the public that AES and the City have agreed to continue the suspension of the Application for Certification for the Redondo Beach Energy Project proceeding until February 1, 2017,” said the notice.

In November 2012, AES Southland submitted this Application for Certification (AFC) seeking permission 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. It would be within the footprint of the existing Redondo Beach Generating Station.

The RBEP is a proposed natural-gas fired, combined-cycle, air-cooled electrical generating facility with a net generating capacity of 496 MW, which will replace the 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.

In 2014, the company requested that the proceedings be suspended while it pursued an initiative to allow the voters of Redondo Beach to approve a non-power plant-related use for the site. In March 2015, the ballot box measure failed. Processing of the AFC began again in May 2015. On Nov. 6, 2015, AES and the City of Redondo Beach, an intervenor in this proceeding, asked for another case suspension until Aug. 1, 2016.

The commission committee handling this case later that month denied the request to suspend the proceedings to a date certain, instead suspending it indefinitely.

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