Alamitos Energy Center Approved by CEC
After years of planning and review, in April 2017 the California Energy Commission (CEC) approved the license for the Alamitos Energy Center (AEC), a lower-profile, more efficient and modernized natural gas power plant that will replace the existing AES Alamitos Generating Station on Studebaker Road in Long Beach, CA.
The new AEC will be half the size of the existing one, with lower stacks and more street-side landscaping. It will use modern, more efficient technology, start and stop more quickly, and allow the state to integrate more wind and solar into its energy mix.
Site preparation began in May 2017, and AES officially broke ground on the new plant in July 2017.
AEC will 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.
AES filed its Application for Certification for the new AEC in December 2013, after changes to California environmental law required power plants to significantly reduce the use of ocean water for cooling. In addition, the state’s aggressive goals for using renewable sources of energy in the coming years create a greater demand for more low-cost natural gas electricity — like the AEC — to fill the gaps created when the sun is not shining or the wind is not blowing. AES submitted a Supplemental Application for Certification for the AEC in 2015, which was granted in 2017.