AES Southland: Cleaner and Greener

AES Southland was established in 1998 as a subsidiary of the AES Corporation, a global power company of generation and distribution businesses in 28 countries. With three natural gas power plants serving coastal communities in the greater Los Angeles area, the Long Beach, Calif.-based company is now working hard to modernize its power plants to support the state’s clean energy goals.

California has mandated that by 2020 one-third of all energy consumed in the state must come from renewable energy sources — AES Southland is doing its part to help achieve this goal by leading the charge to build new plants that will help to integrate solar, wind and other alternative energy sources.

“We’re developing plans to rebuild or repower our natural gas power plants in Long Beach, Huntington Beach and Redondo Beach to make them more modern, environmentally friendly and attractive,” says Eric Pendergraft, AES Southland president. “Our goal is to create projects that are good for California, good for the environment and good for our communities.

“AES is focused on providing safe, affordable and sustainable energy to the communities we serve,” continues Pendergraft. “In California we are not dedicated to a single fuel source, but are working to meet the state’s electricity needs using a diverse portfolio of resources, and we like to think of ourselves as a ‘one-stop shop’ for power.”

With over 170 employees spread among its Alamitos, Huntington Beach and Redondo Beach facilities, AES Southland can provide enough power to serve over 3 million homes that demand reliable electricity from both renewable and clean sources. The firm balances its natural gas plant operations in California with the efforts of its affiliate organizations — AES Wind Generation and AES Solar, a 50/50 joint venture with Riverstone Holdings.

“In addition to our natural gas plants, we have multiple wind farms currently in operation in California and are actively developing more wind and solar projects throughout the state,” says Pendergraft.

California’s Clean Energy Future

AES Southland has begun the long process of upgrading its three natural gas facilities to help meet the state’s clean energy future and reduce its use of ocean water for cooling by over 90 percent. “This will be a truly massive undertaking, because we will be developing and constructing replacement infrastructure for almost 3,700 megawatts and 12 individual generating units,” Pendergraft explains. “It is expected to take 10 to 15 years and $3.5 billion of investment to complete the entire modernization.”

Throughout its operations, AES Southland has taken a proactive approach to protecting the environment. They have invested $52 million in the installation of emissions control technology, installed velocity caps on water intake systems to protect marine life and provided over $5 million in funding to help restore a local wetlands. The new modern plants that the company is developing will be about 30-percent more efficient and result in reduced greenhouse gas emissions for every megawatt produced.

Additionally, employees of AES Southland are regular contributors to worthwhile community service groups and projects. First and foremost, however, AES Southland concentrates on the safe, clean and reliable generation of electricity, while providing hundreds of direct and indirect local jobs.

Currently, Southland affiliate AES Solar is working to develop a new fleet of photovoltaic (PV) plants in the Imperial Valley. “The Imperial Valley Solar projects are among the largest PV projects in California with the potential to provide 600 megawatts,” says Pendergraft. Having recently acquired the development from Tessera Solar, AES will bring its extensive development experience to the projects to bring clean, green energy to the San Diego area.

AES Southland will continue to partner with other forward-thinking companies to provide clean and renewable energy and other critical resources. One such company, Poseidon Resources specializes in the financing and development of water infrastructure and is currently working to build a new desalination plant at the AES site in Huntington Beach to increase water resources in an area frequently affected by drought. If things proceed according to plan, the plant could be in production as early as 2015, supplying 50 million gallons per day, or about eight percent of Orange County’s water needs.

Powering Communities

In the coming years, Pendergraft hopes to grow the company further by focusing on its core strengths. “We will be concentrating on new opportunities as the markets stabilize and the economy improves, but we’re not looking to get into anything unrelated to the energy industry,” says Pendergraft. “California has a history of supporting renewable energy and its aging infrastructure is in desperate need of upgrading. These factors present opportunities that we are well poised to capitalize on.”

Despite California’s fiscal woes, AES Southland has weathered the recession virtually unaffected. “Because of the nature of our contracts which go through mid-2018, we’re somewhat insulated from market fluctuations,” Pendergraft explains. “Our projects usually are not impacted much by economic downturns.”
AES Southland was established in 1998 as a subsidiary of the AES Corporation, a global power company of generation and distribution businesses in 28 countries. With three natural gas power plants serving coastal communities in the greater Los Angeles area, the Long Beach, Calif.-based company is now working hard to modernize its power plants to support the state’s clean energy goals.

California has mandated that by 2020 one-third of all energy consumed in the state must come from renewable energy sources — AES Southland is doing its part to help achieve this goal by leading the charge to build new plants that will help to integrate solar, wind and other alternative energy sources.

“We’re developing plans to rebuild or repower our natural gas power plants in Long Beach, Huntington Beach and Redondo Beach to make them more modern, environmentally friendly and attractive,” says Eric Pendergraft, AES Southland president. “Our goal is to create projects that are good for California, good for the environment and good for our communities.

“AES is focused on providing safe, affordable and sustainable energy to the communities we serve,” continues Pendergraft. “In California we are not dedicated to a single fuel source, but are working to meet the state’s electricity needs using a diverse portfolio of resources, and we like to think of ourselves as a ‘one-stop shop’ for power.”

With over 170 employees spread among its Alamitos, Huntington Beach and Redondo Beach facilities, AES Southland can provide enough power to serve over 3 million homes that demand reliable electricity from both renewable and clean sources. The firm balances its natural gas plant operations in California with the efforts of its affiliate organizations — AES Wind Generation and AES Solar, a 50/50 joint venture with Riverstone Holdings.

“In addition to our natural gas plants, we have multiple wind farms currently in operation in California and are actively developing more wind and solar projects throughout the state,” says Pendergraft.

California’s Clean Energy Future

AES Southland has begun the long process of upgrading its three natural gas facilities to help meet the state’s clean energy future and reduce its use of ocean water for cooling by over 90 percent. “This will be a truly massive undertaking, because we will be developing and constructing replacement infrastructure for almost 3,700 megawatts and 12 individual generating units,” Pendergraft explains. “It is expected to take 10 to 15 years and $3.5 billion of investment to complete the entire modernization.”

Throughout its operations, AES Southland has taken a proactive approach to protecting the environment. They have invested $52 million in the installation of emissions control technology, installed velocity caps on water intake systems to protect marine life and provided over $5 million in funding to help restore a local wetlands. The new modern plants that the company is developing will be about 30-percent more efficient and result in reduced greenhouse gas emissions for every megawatt produced.

Additionally, employees of AES Southland are regular contributors to worthwhile community service groups and projects. First and foremost, however, AES Southland concentrates on the safe, clean and reliable generation of electricity, while providing hundreds of direct and indirect local jobs.

Currently, Southland affiliate AES Solar is working to develop a new fleet of photovoltaic (PV) plants in the Imperial Valley. “The Imperial Valley Solar projects are among the largest PV projects in California with the potential to provide 600 megawatts,” says Pendergraft. Having recently acquired the development from Tessera Solar, AES will bring its extensive development experience to the projects to bring clean, green energy to the San Diego area.

AES Southland will continue to partner with other forward-thinking companies to provide clean and renewable energy and other critical resources. One such company, Poseidon Resources specializes in the financing and development of water infrastructure and is currently working to build a new desalination plant at the AES site in Huntington Beach to increase water resources in an area frequently affected by drought. If things proceed according to plan, the plant could be in production as early as 2015, supplying 50 million gallons per day, or about eight percent of Orange County’s water needs.

Powering Communities

In the coming years, Pendergraft hopes to grow the company further by focusing on its core strengths. “We will be concentrating on new opportunities as the markets stabilize and the economy improves, but we’re not looking to get into anything unrelated to the energy industry,” says Pendergraft. “California has a history of supporting renewable energy and its aging infrastructure is in desperate need of upgrading. These factors present opportunities that we are well poised to capitalize on.”

Despite California’s fiscal woes, AES Southland has weathered the recession virtually unaffected. “Because of the nature of our contracts which go through mid-2018, we’re somewhat insulated from market fluctuations,” Pendergraft explains. “Our projects usually are not impacted much by economic downturns.”

Having already established a strong presence in energy markets in California —as well as maintaining an excellent safety record — AES Southland is positioned to make the most of any economy and continue to grow by modernizing its power plants and constructing more wind and solar resources through its affiliates. With its core values of putting safety first, acting with integrity, honoring commitments, striving for excellence and having fun through work, AES Southland doesn’t just make electricity, it makes lives better.

Having already established a strong presence in energy markets in California —as well as maintaining an excellent safety record — AES Southland is positioned to make the most of any economy and continue to grow by modernizing its power plants and constructing more wind and solar resources through its affiliates. With its core values of putting safety first, acting with integrity, honoring commitments, striving for excellence and having fun through work, AES Southland doesn’t just make electricity, it makes lives better.