Letter: AES Redondo Necessary for Community's Future

Because of issues with San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, the future AES Redondo Beach will be necessary, the president of Southern California Edison says in a presentation.

Editor's note (Oct. 18): The event mentioned in the letter below was not, in fact, sponsored by the Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce as stated previously. The breakfast was a regular event put on by Southern California Edison. This has been corrected in the letter to the editor below.

The guest speaker Wednesday's breakfast meeting sponsored by Southern California Edison was Ron Litzinger, the president of SCE. He left no doubt that the proposed AES power plant was necessary and inevitable in the future of our community.

The necessity is punctuated by the fact that the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station will not return to production for an unforeseen time. Only generator No. 2 is even being considered for a five month test run in current plans. And that, only if approved by the Atomic Energy Commission, and others in the field.

The president of SCE was succinct in stating that all of the coastal generators are required to preclude shortages during the summer months, until other means of generation are developed. I think that this information makes the initiative discussion irrelevant.

I am in the real estate development business, and I am encouraged by the project ideas that I know to be considered by AES. Developer Wayne Ratkovich and architect Stanton Ekstut have made very impressive presentations to AES. I look forward to seeing what they can propose for the surplus land.

Steve Deming
Redondo Beach

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Jim Light October 19, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Currently in the LA Basin, 3.2GW of new power generation is underconstruction; 1.3GW is approved and in pre-construction, and 1.4 GW of new power generation is under review. 500MW of that is the rebuild of the active units at Huntington... the rest is new generation not currently on the grid. This over 5.4GW of new power in the pipeline. Current LA Basin Capacity is 9.9 GW (including AES Redondo but excluding all San Onofre). That gives us over 14GW of generating capacity in 2021 without SONGS and without AES Redondo. Worst case contingency need in 2021 for LA basin is just under 13 GW. The CEC thinks this is way too conservative so they made the CAISO run a more realistic projection accounting for energy efficient buildings and appliances and taking flex management into consideration. In that case the 2021 projected need is just over 9.2GW. Actual numbers from 2012 show that the CAISO projections for this time period from as late as last year significantly over predicted the need even though this was a hot summer.
Jane October 20, 2012 at 01:00 AM
"This also ignores that three new plants will be adding another 1,900 MW of new power generation to our part of the grid next summer." Those plants are already in the CAISO baseline, so those MW are assumed already built before the CAISO 2400-3800 MW need forecast.
Jane October 20, 2012 at 01:01 AM
By the way, what if Huntington Beach or Los Alamitos joins the Redondo NIMBY crowd? Then what. Also, since Rep Waxman clearly said he doesn't support the initiative, doesn't that carry weight?
Jane October 20, 2012 at 01:02 AM
GW? Give me a break. Use MW like everyone else, including CASIO.
Jim Light October 20, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Jane, Sorry, it's the engineer in me coming out. 1,000 MW = 1 GW. So long as all the numbers use the same units, all you have to do is compare the numbers directly.


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