Project Status: Licensed; In Compliance Phase

Key Dates

General Description of Project

On June 27, 2012 AES Southland, LLC submitted an Application for Certification (AFC) to the California Energy Commission seeking permission to construct and operate a power generation facility, the Huntington Beach Energy Project (HBEP), located in the city of Huntington Beach just north of the intersection of the Pacific Coast Highway and Newland Street. The project will be located entirely within the footprint of the existing Huntington Beach Generating Station, an operating power plant.

The originally permitted HBEP was a natural-gas fired, combined-cycle, air-cooled, 939-megawatt (MW) electrical generating facility to replace the AES Huntington Beach Generating Station. As licensed, HBEP would have consisted of two independently operating, three-on-one, combined-cycle gas turbine power blocks. However, on 9/14/15, the project owner submitted a Petition to Amend (PTA) the Final Decision. The PTA approved by the Energy Commission on 4/12/2017 included one combined-cycle, 2-on-1 power block that would generate 640-MW, and two simple-cycle turbines that would produce 200 MW.

Energy Commission Facility Certification Process

The California Energy Commission is the lead agency (for licensing thermal power plants 50 megawatts and larger) under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and has a certified regulatory program under CEQA. Under its certified program, the Energy Commission is exempt from having to prepare an environmental impact report. Its certified program, however, does require environmental analysis of the project, including an analysis of alternatives and mitigation measures to minimize any significant adverse effect the project may have on the environment.

For Questions about this Certification Proceeding Contact:

Joe Douglas
Compliance Project Manager
Siting, Transmission and Environmental Protection (STEP) Division
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-2000
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-956-9527

For Questions About Public Participation In Certification Proceedings Contact:

Public Advisor
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-12 Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-654-4489
Toll-Free in California: 1-800-822-6228

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Media & Public Communications Office
Phone: 916-654-4989

Huntington Beach Energy
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