An Opportunity for a Sustainable Future
Since the late 1950s, a natural gas power plant has operated in Long Beach, providing a reliable source of electricity to local residents and the region for more than 50 years.
Recent changes to California environmental law require power plants to significantly reduce the use of ocean water for cooling. This provides an opportunity to ensure a cleaner, more reliable energy future by replacing our existing plant with a modern natural gas power plant that is more efficient and responsive to California’s electricity needs.
Demand for electricity continues to increase as we rely more and more on technology-based devices, from big screen TVs and iPads, to electric cars and smart phones. Given that about 30 percent of California’s electricity generating capacity is affected by these new environmental regulations, along with the growing uncertainty about the future of nuclear power plants, we must take action now to ensure we have a reliable supply of electricity in the future.
California has set aggressive goals for using renewable sources of energy in the coming years, leading the nation in the percentage of renewable energy sources that must make up our electricity supply.
The use of more solar and wind energy creates a greater demand for clean, low-cost natural gas generated electricity, to quickly fill gaps when the sun is not shining and the wind is not blowing. Natural gas generated electricity from a new, modern Long Beach power plant will help ensure a reliable energy supply in the future and enable renewable power to become a reality.
Our plans will provide Long Beach with a sustainable and economically viable future. By replacing this aging facility, AES Southland will continue to provide much needed energy to the region and continue to be an important source of local jobs and revenue — not just during the modernization phase, but for years to come.
AES Alamitos has the opportunity to ensure a cleaner, more reliable energy future by replacing our existing plant with a modernized natural gas facility that is more efficient and responsive to California’s electricity needs.
The Alamitos Energy Center (AEC) will be a natural gas-fired, combined cycle, air-cooled power plant with the capacity to power millions of homes and businesses.
AEC can serve both peak and intermediate loads, and can provide system stability by delivering reactive power, voltage support, frequency stability and rotating mass in the heart of the critical Western Los Angeles’ local reliability area.
It will not only provide Long Beach with a sustainable and economically viable future, but also help California meet its aggressive green energy goals by helping integrate more renewable power. It will also have much lower stacks and far superior “curb-appeal” than the existing plant.
To learn more about our project, please visit www.RenewAESAlamitos.com