For Immediate Release: September 27, 2013
Media Contact: Sandy Louey - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Informational Hearing and Site Visit for Redondo Beach Energy Project
Scheduled for October 1

What: The California Energy Commission committee reviewing the proposed Redondo Beach Energy Project will hold a site visit and informational hearing.

When: Tuesday, October 1, 2013: site visit begins at 4 p.m. with hearing starting at 5:30 p.m.

Where: Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Redondo Beach, California 90278

The public is invited to join the committee on a tour of the proposed site before the hearing. Bus transportation to the site leaves at 4 p.m. The information hearing starts at 5:30 p.m.

Reservations for the site visit can be made by contacting the Commission’s Public Adviser’s Office at 916-654-4489 or 1-800-822-6228 or publicadviser@energy.ca.gov.

Those unable to attend the hearing can participate by telephone and/or computer at this site:
http://docketpublic.energy.ca.gov/PublicDocuments/12-AFC-03/TN200423_20130909T130204_Notice_of_Site_Visit__Informational_Hearing.pdf

Why: The site visit and informational hearing provides an opportunity for the public to get information about the project, offer comments, and view the proposed site. The project applicant – AES Southland Development, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of The AES Corporation – will explain the project, while Commission staff will explain the licensing process and its role in the review. The hearing will help the committee of two commissioners who are reviewing the project to determine the environmental information that may be needed as part of a thorough project review.

Background and Next Steps:

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-megawatt facility would replace the existing Redondo Beach Generating Station, which relies on 1950’s technology, with a modern, more efficient plant that would utilize about 25% of the existing power plant site. The proposed project 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 project would be constructed on approximately 13 acres of the 50 acres of privately owned land within the footprint of the Redondo Beach Generating Station which would be demolished.

If the Energy Commission approves the Redondo Beach Energy Project, construction and demolition activities are scheduled to take place between January 2016 and December 2020. The estimated capital cost for the project would be $500 million. It would average 149 workers during construction and demolition phases, with 338 workers at the peak. The 21 operational employees needed will be drawn from Redondo Beach Generating Station staff, according to the applicant.

More information on the Redondo Beach Energy Project can be found at:
http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/redondo_beach/

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