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Blog: NoPowerPlant.com Starts Signature Drive; More State Reports Show AES Redondo Not Required

Sign the resident initiative to phase out and rezone the power plant today!

It's been a busy week on the front....

NoPowerPlant.com kicked off their petition signature drive for the resident initiative that phases out the Redondo power plant and replaces it with a mix of commercial and public recreational open space zoning. People have been driving to Redondo grocery stores just to sign the petition. They also held a fundraiser at Sophie's last Sunday as well.

Congressman Henry Waxman joined a growing group of elected officials and candidates opposing a new power plant in Redondo.  

"As the author of the 1990 Clean Air Act, I think it is absolutely essential that we do all we can to cut air pollution in the region. There is no question that burning fossil fuels causes significant pollution and health impacts. We need to be shifting to clean energy. I believe we should remove the power plant from Redondo Beach. I encourage AES and California’s regulatory agencies to take this opportunity to permanently retire this facility and  to allow redevelopment of the site.”

Meanwhile state power agencies released more reports showing AES Redondo is not required.  

A CAISO power requirements analysis, dropped their predictions for power needs in the LA Basin. The report again shows that there is sufficient excess generation capacity in the Western LA Basin without AES Redondo and without the San Onofre Nuclear power plant.

According to the CEC overview of new power plant activity:

Currently, 6,350 MW of new power generation is under construction

Another 3,989 MW of new power generation is approved for construction

CEC is currently reviewing applications for 3,439MW of new generation.

Three of the new power plants scheduled to come online next summer are in the LA Basin, and will add over 1,800MW to our part of the grid.

That totals to 13,778MW of new power plant generation in the pipeline right now. The loss of AES Redondo power generation is dwarfed by new generation currently in the pipeline.

While AES claims to be a good neighbor, they released black smoke on Aug. 15 that was captured on video by a King Harbor boater. They also had a steam vent on the morning Aug. 10 for hours that exceeded noise regulations. Likewise, a system on the southwest corner of the AES property produced noise for at aleast 20 minutes that exceeded noise limitations on Thursday afternoon. Of course, our city will do nothing about these. How can we trust AES to live up to noise and pollution restrictions on their new plant and how can we trust our city to enforce those limits?

A new power plant in Redondo is ludicrous. Since our Council refuses to act, the people must. If you're a registered Redondo voter and you've not signed the hardcopy petition now circulating, do it now. Signing the online petition doesn't count. You can find more info at www.nopowerplant.com

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Jim Light August 20, 2012 at 05:04 AM
Orlando, I rereviewed the document you cited. It shows in the worst case we need 2460 MW of OTC (Table 3-3.18 page 236). Let's see Huntington at over 900 MW, Alamitos at over 1,900 MW, and NRG El Segundo at over 500 MW.... that adds up to over 3,300 MW of OTC - Looks like we don't need AES Redondo to make it. And that is without adding in the new Walnut Creek Plant that will come online next year using Huntington Beach exemptions. You also ignore a CA ISO June 22 briefing that concludes Alamitos and Huntington are the best plants to mitigate the most likely potential outages in our section of the grid. NRG El Segundo is being built right now. AES has filed their Huntington Beach application. Alamitos is key to grid reliability. Looks like AES Redondo can go. Too bad...so sad.
Robert Tulloch August 22, 2012 at 02:07 AM
Most of you people in California are insane. The state is awash with liberal detritus. I am so glad I left and moved to the mid-west where REAL people live.
orlando August 27, 2012 at 02:07 AM
Jim - When you don't know what you're talking about, perhaps you should remain silent??? Neither CPV Sentinel nor Walnut are in the CAISO defined "Western LA Basin". Neither counts for any part of the 2400-3800MW. Call the CAISO and check or perhaps read their report? El Segundo is "committed" meaning, it is assumed to be built, and as a result, it does not count toward the 2400-3800MW either. Call the CAISO and check, or perhaps just read their report? That leaves 430MW of AQMD Rule 1304 credits at Huntington Beach (the rest were used to built Walnut), that leaves about 1500MW of AQMD Rule 1304 credits at Redondo, and about 1000MW of AQMD Rule 1304 credits at Alamitos. Of those 3000MW of AES-owned West LA Basis AQMD Rule 1304 air credits, between 2400-3800 need to be rebuilt according to CAISO. Call CAISO or read their report. Since you are averse to facts, I thought I'd lay it out in short sentences. Pick up the phoen and call Berberich and Wallerstein and then stop spewing disinformation.
orlando August 27, 2012 at 02:11 AM
I see yet again there is challenged math here. El Segundo, Walnut and Sentinel don't count in the west LA basin 2400-3800 MW of the ISO base case. As a result, 2400-3800 MW need to be built using the credits from retiring Alamitos, Redondo and Huntington existing units - and - they need to be built in the WEST LA BASIN.
Jim Light August 27, 2012 at 04:30 AM
Wrong again Orlando. Walnut Creek, NRG El Segundo, Alamitos, and Huntington are all in the West LA Basin. That's 400 + 600+ 1900 + 900 = 3800 MW. No AES Redondo needed.

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