The California Energy Commission April 10 rejected an appeal from a Southern Californian who had filed a complaint against the El Segundo Energy Center alleging that the owner of the facility under construction \u2019s owner \u201cmisled\u201d the surrounding community about the project\u2019s visual impacts. Manhattan Beach resident Michael Dolen filed the complaint in November 2012. He cited violation of the California Code of Regulations dealing with power plant certifications. He alleged that the project owner, a subsidiary of NRG Energy, failed to comply with certain conditions of certification in the Commission\u2019s certificiation. Dolen claimed the NRG subsidiary El Segundo Energy Center LLC misled the Manhattan Beach community regarding the nature and extent of visual impacts to the oceanfront landscape and that construction of a beachfront parking lot in connection with the project was not approved by the Commission. In its ruling, the commission signaled that it agreed with a staff conclusion that there was insufficient evidence for any noncompliance charges to stick, at least at this point in time. \u201cThat is not to say that the matters alleged in the complaint may not, in the future, be the subject of actual noncompliance,\u201d states the decision. Commissioners dismissed the complaint without prejudice, which allows Dolen to bring these matters to the attention of the commission in the future. The 550 MW gas-fired, combined cycle El Segundo Energy Center is a replacement power plant being built on the site of the El Segundo Generating Station. Construction began in June 2011 and completion is expected by the end of June. Commercial operations are anticipated to begin by Aug. 1, in time to support the expected summer peak demand, according to NRG. The commission also approved $4.6 million in loans to cities and school districts. The largest portion, $2.7 million, went to Pleasanton for 7,590 energy efficient street, park and pathway lights at city facilities. Based on the loan amount, the simple payback\u2019s about 9.6 years. The project is expected to save the city $286,421\/year. The commission also loaned Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District $1.1 million to retrofit lighting equipment and install controls on portable classrooms at sites throughout the district. Based on the loan amount, the simple payback\u2019s about 13 years. The project\u2019s expected to save the school district about $88,168\/year. This week\u2019s business meeting was the first for new commissioner Janea Scott, appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown in February. Prior to her appointment, she worked as deputy counselor for renewables for the Department of the Interior\u2019s Office of the Secretary. Before joining Interior in April 2009, Scott worked on clean air issues as a senior attorney with the Environmental Defense Fund for nine years.