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AES Delays Filing Application to Repower

After listening to community input, AES Southland will not file by the end of September the application to repower AES Redondo Beach.

AES Southland, the parent company of the AES Redondo Beach power plant, will delay submitting its application to repower the aging plant on Harbor Drive to the California Energy Commission, a representative told Patch in an email Wednesday.

"During the past few weeks, AES has been making modifications to improve our plant's design, which has led us to delay our application filing," representative Clarissa Cordova said in an email. "We now plan to submit our application to the California Energy Commission in early November.

"We are proud of the improvements and we look forward to sharing the details once they are finalized."

The "improvements" involve enclosing the majority of the plant—with the exception of the stacks—within a building, Cordova confirmed in an email.

"We are currently working on photo renderings," she said. "We’ll be excited to share them once they are complete."

Opponents of the plant have criticized previous AES renderings depicting the power plant from angles oppenents claim were too far away.

AES told the Daily Breeze in August that it intended to file by the end of September its plans to rebuild the plant to comply with new statewide regulations banning once-through cooling.

Once-through cooling plants, including AES Redondo Beach, use ocean water to cool superheated steam produced by the boilers to spin the turbines in a natural gas plant. AES Redondo Beach must retrofit, retire or apply for a special exemption to continue to use once-through cooling by 2020.

AES officials say the proposed new plant will be smaller, run cleaner and provide power when renewable resources are offline. Opponents say a new plant would run more often and emit more harmful particulate pollution, as well as continue to depress property values.

To prevent AES from building a new plant, political group No Power Plant has spearheaded an initiative that would make power generation incompatible with the site's zoning. The initiative calls for up to 40 percent commercial and institutional zoning on the property. The rest of the property would become parkland.

Signatures on the initiative petition are being counted by Los Angeles County; proponents of the measure aim to place it on the March city ballot.

In a note posted on the Tear Down this Power Plant blog, Building a Better Redondo founder Jim Light, an ardent opponent of the power plant, wrote, "It is obvious that resident pressure has been effective … Keep (up) the good work and keep the pressure on…we have them on the run!"

Vincent Tipaldo September 27, 2012 at 05:05 AM
AES says "...the improvements involve enclosing the majority of the plant" - but can they eliminate 100% the INCREASED pollution? Please note: A new power plant will spew more pollution due to increased run rate; even AES calculations show increased pollution. If new AES Redondo facility runs at same capacity as new El Segundo plant (60% capacity), additional particulate pollution will be equal to adding two PCHs worth of traffic.
Jim Light September 27, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Hmmm - wonder why they've chosen to do this now? This was not in any of their mailers or city council briefs. It's obvious they were willing to stick us with the cheaper no facade solution until they saw the resident resistance. It's obvious we have them on the defensive. But putting up a facade is just putting lipstick on the pig. It will do nothing about the tons of emissions or the power lines or the blighting of the harbor area. We are about to invest millions in our waterfront and they think we are going to let them put up an 80 foot high, polluting, blighted, unneeded industrial behemoth across the street??? That makes zero sense. This is an insult to the people of Redondo. Do they think we are stupid? Next we'll probably hear Aspel, Diels and the Chamber of Commerce lauding the concession, but the residents of our town are not that dumb. Keep up the pressure people of Redondo. Vote for the initiative. We can win this fight! We've got them running scared.
Wolfman September 27, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Hmmm- wonder why my post was removed ? so I will post it again. Never trust any power and/or utility company as they say one thing and do another
Joan Irvine September 27, 2012 at 03:42 PM
I look forward to seeing the changes AES makes to their plan and will make my decision based on data, not speculation. Having said that, I would like to see high-end hotels, retail, restaurants, etc with the beach being the 'parkland" that will bring in tax revenue. Barcelona Spain did a fantastic job at renovating their beach areas - wish RB could look like this.
Nicole Mooradian (Editor) September 27, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Hi Wolfman—I haven't touched any of your posts, so I don't know why it was removed.
Alexander Starr September 27, 2012 at 05:22 PM
"San Diego City Council Unanimously Denied Power Plant Near Mission Trails Park" http://obrag.org/?p=66116 Why won't our Council protect our health and welfare like San Diego, San Francisco, Chula Vista and Carlsbad city councils did theirs? Our Council is pathetic. They are the puppet of the Chamber and AES.
Mike2 September 27, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Nice blanket statement Mr. Starr. Did those councils have an initiative that was trying to take private property and could potentially cost the City and taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars? Did they have an initiative that would turn their downtown into a huge park nobody wants? I wonder when their cities had rolling black outs if they wished they had a power plant generating electricity? I think our council is acting responsibly and, after reviewing all the pertinent information, are not simply reacting to half truths and vitriol. Puppets Mr. Starr? No. But I'm sure it makes for a nice sound bite at the next BBR meeting. That beings said, what happens to you when Jim Light pulls your strings?
Alexander Starr September 27, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Mike2: It is easy to hide behind your anonymous name, insult people while telling the world: "the sky will fall on our heads!" with scare mongering tactics. All your false arguments are easily answered one by one with researched FACTS at: http://aesredondomustgo.blog.com/power-plant-faqs/ Print your real name and show some guts. Bottom line 1: San Diego, San Francisco, Chula Vista and Carlsbad City stopped new power plants from being built by a COALITION of local activists and politicians banding together to defeat industrial blight on their waterfront. Since our local small -minded politicians (minus Bill Brand) are too afraid to challenge AES, residents must act for their own wellfare and challenge the status quo. Thus BBR, Nopowerplant.com, and hundreds of residents got "active" and got 9500 signatures in only 5 weeks for the Initiative! That's a lot of "strings" to pull, even for Jim Light! LOL Botton line 2: The demonization of power plant opponents is in full swing, as you demonstrate with your scare tactics. They can't credibly argue for a power plant, so they attack the opponents. It's an old political tactic and I think the people of Redondo are wise enough to see through it.
Jim Light September 27, 2012 at 09:47 PM
The initiative combined with the new harbor activity allows just such a vision to come true. In fact, the initiative zoning is derived from the harbor zoning and allows the same density across the AES site. But remember this is not our beach area, this is our harbor so it is a little different. As to speculation, the pollution numbers we put out are based entirely on AES numbers. So I'm not sure what speculation you are referring to.
Jim Light September 27, 2012 at 09:55 PM
So after hearing testimony that: 1) our plant can be retired without impact to grid reliability (CAISO testimony). 2) That the power plant is our largest single source of air pollution (AQMD testimony). 3) That the two factors that affect people's health are amount of exposure (duration and volume) and proximity to the source (AQMD testimony). 4) That the specific pollutants are detrimental to helath especially that of children. (AQMD testimony) 5) And that there is no safe limit to several of these pollutants. (AMD testimony) And after the mountain of reports and studies we have submitted or referenced in our own testimony validating these same points. You feel that our Council taking no action is the appropriate thing to do? That my friend is denial. The evidence is ample and clear. Our Council is not doing its duty to protect the health and welfare of the community.
Fred Reardon September 28, 2012 at 07:25 AM
We want clean air…not screens. Let’s tell this polluter to find another use for its property that does not involve polluting our air and threatening our health. Vote next March to change the zoning and end this ridiculous poisonous polluting enterprise. If they build this power plant, the pollution may possibly kill us or possibly poison our families resulting in asthma, lung disease, cancer, bronchitis, pregnancy complications, etc. It is not worth the risk. The facts are available related to the dangers of living in close proximity to poisonous emissions. Educate yourself. Write, call, email and speak to your government officials and the agencies charged with approving a new power plant and tell them that you are not fooled by screens, walls, and twisted regional pollution data. Tell them that you do not want a new toxic plume that can potentially harm you and your family. Tell them you don’t want toxins pouring into your families’ lungs. Tell them you want clean air! See the video links below relating stories of how other communities are fighting against government officials and companies that want to place power plants too close to people. Stand up and fight this power plant! Don’t let them poison our families and pollute our air: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-twFl8WYCEg
Fred Reardon September 28, 2012 at 07:27 AM
We don’t need this fossil fuel burning, polluting, disease causing archaic power plant forced upon us in Redondo Beach: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDkevwJ-53U&feature=related Get ready for the noise and invisible toxins (particulate matter) related to a cooling tower based power plant. Don’t let them do it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kyhMuXN9Mg&feature=related We need to invest in a future that does not involve allowing government officials and out of state companies to pollute our families and our environment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQghEBPiicQ&feature=related They ramrodded it through in El Segundo…don’t let them do it in Redondo Beach: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJ4qnSZO-EQ&feature=related Stand up. Stop this power plant. Local governments and companies don’t always look out for your health and safety. Example of why you should think twice before you trust RB officials who take campaign contributions from AES and why you should not trust your government and an out of state corporation to tell you the truth about pollution: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_9yBGlDSBg&playnext=1&list=PL95C4679221600BC7&feature=results_main
Mike2 September 28, 2012 at 04:39 PM
You guys and your campaign contribution BS. So what your saying is if you run for office and receive campaign contributions you will vote how your contributors "tell" you to vote. Very impressive. Of course Light and Brand have the money from when they sued the City and received a $550,000 check payable to, of all people, Jim Light. But heaven knows he's not profiting from all his intercourse with the political process. You people accuse honest residents who have given years and years of service to the city of taking a couple thousand dollars in campaign contributions. You then turn around and support two candidates who can spend freely because they "took advantage of the legal process," the judges words in BBR's previous lawsuit against the city, not mine, and received half a million dollars of the taxpayer (our) money. Regarding a red herring. You have decided to live and raise your families smack dab in between one of world’s busiest shipping ports and one of the world’s busiest airports (the amount of crap spewed from these two sources makes AES look like a Lilliputian in a land of Gullivers) at the edge of one of the world’s largest mega-metropolises. If you really think these pollutants are so harmful what the hell are you doing living here.
Jim Light September 28, 2012 at 06:43 PM
What a load of BS Mike2. You are either not the sharpest tool in the shed or you don't care at all about the truth. The judge awarded legal fees NOT damages in the BBR lawsuit. So that paid for legal fees accumulated over two years. Legal fees where our lawyer went at risk. legal fees that were awarded because the City Council willingly violated the City Charter. So BBR does not have money to throw around from this. AND I received zero. Bill was a defendant to the lawsuit since he was on the Council. So he could not have gotten any money. As to pollution, if you listened to the testimony of the AQMD rep, you would have heard that Redondo is not usually impacted by the port, the refineries or the airport due of prevailing winds. Our main sources of pollution are AES and traffic. So which is it Mike2? Are you truly clueless or do you just not care about facts?
Jaimie Blanca September 28, 2012 at 09:44 PM
My question is, how can Mr Light be so certain that he is correct at the same time 4 elected council people and a mayor are incorrect? Are you going to try top be a council person now Mr Light? It sounds like a very mean campaign to me if you are?
Jim Light September 29, 2012 at 01:07 AM
Jaime - I base my statements on research and I post the sources so that others may draw their own conclusions. Ask the others for their sources. Yes, I have decided to run for Council after many supporters asked me to. You can read my website and tell me what is mean about it. I've never said anything about my opponent.
Jim Light September 29, 2012 at 01:29 AM
Mike2, If you want to quote the judge's findings, you overlooked some juicy ones: "There are no magical words that could change the fact that the Coastal Commission had to certify the ordinances." "Article XXVII was law prior to the effective date of the Coastal Zoning Ordinance Amendment. Accordingiy, the City must submit the Coastal Zoning Ordinance Amendment to public vote." "The City suggests that section 30514 does not apply to the LCP amendments because no coastal zoning ordinance has ever been certified for LCP Area 2. ... This suggestion is spurious." "The City must submit the entire Area 2 LCP Amendment to popular vote, as mandated by City law. The petition for writ of mandate and declaratory relief is granted, in its entirety." "Petitioners shall recover their costs from the City..." Yes, Mr. Diels, I mean, Mike2 can you read that the judgement was for "costs"...money already owed. So quit the libelous "profit" lie. The judge found for BBR on all points of the lawsuit. The City Council tried to illegally pass zoning and they got caught. The judge awarded us our legal costs... no damages (which we did not ask for) just the money already owed to our lawyer. And he did not award some of the pretrial costs. And we settled with the City for less than the full amount. So we did not even break even on the lawsuit. Stick to the facts Mike2.
Fred Reardon September 29, 2012 at 07:31 AM
The City Council of San Diego voted UNANIMOUSLY to oppose a new power plant in their town, as did Chula Vista, Carlsbad & San Francisco. Notice all the same arguments are being made, but those City Councils get it, and have ALL voted unanimously to oppose new power plants in their town.

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