Redondo Beach Celebrates Milestone as AES Power Plant Closes After 126 Years

Redondo Beach Celebrates Milestone as AES Power Plant Closes After 126 Years

After roughly 126 years of operation, the AES power plant in Redondo Beach is set to retire on December 31, 2023, marking the end of an era and the beginning of a new chapter for the community. This closure comes after a prolonged debate on its environmental impact, particularly the once-through cooling (OTC) process, which was identified as a threat in 2005. In response, a Statewide OTC Policy was established in 2010, mandating a 10-year transition period.

Despite facing opposition, the AES power plant obtained two extensions for its operations in Redondo Beach. However, with no further extensions granted, the plant is now scheduled to retire at the end of this year.

To celebrate this significant milestone, Mayor Bill Brand and the City Council cordially invite the community to join in a special celebration on December 31st at the corner of Herondo Street and PCH/Catalina Avenue, starting at 2 PM. The event will feature distinguished guests, including Senator Ben Allen and Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi, who will be present to commemorate this historic occasion.

The retirement of the AES power plant symbolizes a resolute commitment to a cleaner, greener, and more sustainable Redondo Beach, highlighting the power of collective advocacy for a brighter tomorrow. This event serves as a testament to the community's dedication to shaping a more environmentally conscious and vibrant future for Redondo Beach and Santa Monica Bay.

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