Redondo Beach voters appear to have narrowly rejected a ballot measure March 5 that sought to block construction of a new power plant by AES along its waterfront. AES now operates an old boiler plant at the spot. While 1,600 late and provisional ballots remain to be counted next Monday, the vote tally this week was 5,861 against and 5,478 for the measure, with the no campaign prevailing by a 383-vote margin. Measure A would have rezoned the land the AES plant stands on and require the independent generator to shut the existing plant by 2020 and remove it by 2022. In its place, the city would have created a park and authorized construction of commercial, institutional, and boat yard facilities. Pending California Energy Commission approval, Measure A\u2019s defeat appears to ease the way for AES\u2019s proposal to replace its old ocean water-cooled steam boiler plant with a new 496 MW natural-gas fired, combined-cycle, air-cooled electrical generating facility. A construction license is pending at the Energy Commission. State energy agencies see that replacement of old boiler units along the coast of the Los Angeles area\u2014which must be phased out under a policy to protect marine life\u2014as critical to maintaining grid reliability.