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AES on Tonight's City Council Agenda

The Redondo Beach City Council will consider a plan to create a task force focusing on alternate uses for the AES Redondo Beach property on North Harbor Drive.

The Redondo Beach City Council on Tuesday night will discuss a possible plan for engaging AES and the community regarding the future of the AES Redondo Beach property on North Harbor Drive.

The current AES Redondo Beach plant must be retrofitted, retired, rebuilt or obtain special exemptions to continue operating beyond 2020 due to a new ban on once-through cooling, where ocean water is pumped into the plant to cool the superheated steam used to spin the turbines and generate electricity. Parent company AES Southland has indicated that it wishes to rebuild the plant and has submitted an application to do so with the CEC.

AES officials say the new plant will run more efficiently, have a smaller footprint and provide flexibility for the grid when energy from renewable resources isn't available.

Opponents, on the other hand, argue that the plant will continue to decrease property values and blight the waterfront, despite a $300 million revitalization effort. Additionally, they point to AES' application and say a new plant will run more often than the current one, and thus produce five to 15 times more particulate pollution.

At its last meeting—during which the council voted unanimously to approve a resolution opposing a new power plant—councilmen opted to appropriate $200,000 from the city's general fund to pay for the city's role as an intervenor in the California Energy Commission's new power plant permitting processes; to direct Mayor Mike Gin to explore the creation of a task force to find alternative uses for the AES property and come back in two weeks with a report; and to direct City Attorney Mike Webb to come back in four weeks with language for a moratorium on new construction on the AES property.

Tuesday's meeting will focus on the task force; however, no details about it have been included with the online agenda.

Barring technical difficulties, Redondo Beach Patch will live-blog the discussion for those who can't make it to the meeting.

The open session of the city council meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the council chambers at city hall, located at 415 Diamond St. in South Redondo Beach.

Jim April 16, 2013 at 05:42 PM
The writing is on the walls for utility companies: http://grist.org/climate-energy/solar-panels-could-destroy-u-s-utilities-according-to-u-s-utilities/
Wolfman April 17, 2013 at 01:23 AM
why does Redondo Beach let AES -Edison get away with the mess down there ? that place needs to be cleaned up as right now it is an eyesore for everyone in the beach community
Bob April 17, 2013 at 10:07 AM
If every business that was an "eyesore" had to leave an area a lot of businesses would be gone. You have to have a better argument to take away someone's freedom to have there business then "eyesore".
Tom B April 17, 2013 at 01:13 PM
Natural gas is clean, inexpensive and plentiful. The AES distribution distribution infrastructure is already in place. The future goal of the US is to take more coal fired electrical power generation offline. If our economy is to grow we will need increasing supplies of low cost power. If the power plant is replaced, that power will cost more, and the land under the distribution lines will be filled with more poorly planned high density development. This will make a few people very wealthy and will further degrade the quality of life for already overcrowded Redondo citizens.

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