AES Proposes 500 MW in Southern California

By Published On: October 9, 2004

AES announced it intends to add 500 MW of new peaking power at its existing facilities in Southern California to meet growing demand. About 400 MW would come from new units at one or more of its sites at Huntington Beach, Long Beach, and/or Redondo Beach, with an additional 100 MW coming from replacement power at its Placerita facility in Los Angeles County, said AES vice president Mark Woodruff. The generator also revealed October 4 that it would submit permit applications to the California Energy Commission and the South Coast Air Quality Management District to allow for the development of needed power plants in the region. Woodruff attributed the AES move to add power supplies in Southern California to the ?governor?s vision for the energy industry in the state,? but he acknowledged that there are ?many details to be worked out.? While the announcement was seen as a vote of confidence in the administration?s energy policy stance, it caught many by surprise, including those at the Energy Commission. Not counting the 500 MW proposed by AES, there are 8,000 MW of commission-permitted projects yet to be developed because of a lack of contracts and, consequently, financing.

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