The California Energy Commission has approved the Application for Certification for the Huntington Beach Energy Project in Huntington Beach, California.
The Commission accepted the Revised Presiding Member’s Proposed Decision (RPMPD) and Errata, issued October 9 and October 28, 2014 respectively, which found that the project “will, as mitigated, have no significant impacts on the environment and will comply with all applicable laws, ordinances, regulations, and standards.”
The 939-megawatt natural-gas fired project will be developed by AES Southland Development, LLC. It will replace the older AES Huntington Beach Generating Station (HBGS). The new plant will be built within the existing facility footprint. Demolition of the old plant and construction of the new one will be done in phases. The first unit is expected to be completed in about 30 months.
As part of replacing the existing aging and inefficient plant, the one just approved will provide needed reliable local generation and promote the integration of renewable energy into California’s electricity system. Additionally, it will reduce criteria pollutants for each megawatt-hour of electricity generated and use air-cooled condensers instead of once-through cooling condensers that use ocean water.
The certification process for the Huntington Beach project began in June 2012 when AES Southland Development submitted an Application for Certification to the Energy Commission. The plant is projected to employ up to 236 workers during peak construction and demolition periods and have 33 permanent employees when operational.