Grant an Option Agreement to AES for a Long-Term Lease for Carbon Energy Production


SCH Number
Public Agency
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Document Title
Grant an Option Agreement to AES for a Long-Term Lease for Carbon Energy Production
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California proposes to grant an option agreement with The AES Corporation, LLC, for a long-term lease of up to 6,742 acres of land in the Palo Verde Valley, California for possible carbon-free energy production and storage purposes, contingent upon further project permits and approvals.

Contact Information

Lilia I. Martinez
Agency Name
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Job Title
Principal Environmental Specialist
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Los Angeles, Riverside
Southern California
Parcel #
879-230-001, 879-230-003; 879-230-005; 879-230-008; 879-230-010; 879-230-011; 879-230-012; 879-2
Other Location Info
Palo Verde Mesa

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
§15301, Class 1 and §15306, Class 6
Reasons for Exemption
The proposed action is exempt from CEQA because the action consists of an option to lease existing public lands or topographical features involving negligible or no expansion of existing or former use and no possibility of significantly impacting the physical environment. (State CEQA Guidelines Section 15301). In addition, the proposed action consists of basic data collection, research, experimental management, and resource evaluation activities, which do not result in a serious or major disturbance to an environmental resource. These may be strictly for information gathering purposes, or as part of a study leading to an action, which a public agency has not yet approved, adopted, or funded. (State CEQA Guidelines Section 15306). All required CEQA review, and determinations will occur prior to final approval and implementation of the project in accordance with CEQA and the State CEQA Guidelines.
County Clerks
Los Angeles, Riverside


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