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Proposal: Replace SONGS's Nuclear Energy with Renewables

The Public Utilities Commission could vote on the plan as early as next month.

Now that SONGS is shut down, one proposal suggests using renewable sources to replace the energy it once produced. Photo courtesy of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.
Now that SONGS is shut down, one proposal suggests using renewable sources to replace the energy it once produced. Photo courtesy of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

Much if not all of the electric power once provided by the San Onofre nuclear power plant could be replaced with energy from non-fossil-fuel sources, according to a proposal being considered by the California Public Utilities Commission.

The procurement plan written by an administrative law judge is expected to be debated and possibly voted upon next month by the five-member commission, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Two principal partners in the shuttered plant -- Southern California Edison Co. and San Diego Gas & Electric Co. -- would be required to procure at least 600 megawatts of power from so-called preferred resources, which include wind and solar power, energy efficiency programs, electricity storage systems and locally generation from roof-top panels, according to The Times.

However, the proposed decision also leaves the door open for utilities to purchase power from natural-gas-fired power plants if needed to provide reliability to the grid when renewables aren't enough, the newspaper reported.

Edison permanently closed San Onofre in June 2012 after concluding that it would be economically unfeasible to fix defective steam generators that had leaked small amounts of radioactivity.

--City News Service

keyplayer March 01, 2014 at 01:24 PM
"When the student is ready, the teacher will appear." Really, John? My late father had a favorite phrase he would utter whenever confronted with statements like the one you made: "Ah, the arrogance of certainty!"
Bill Koelzer March 04, 2014 at 10:27 PM
Rocky, above is RIGHT! Wind, wave or solar ONLY. Why doesn't EVERYONE see that that is the only way for the future.
John Webb March 05, 2014 at 06:36 PM
keyplayer, I think you dad was talking about global warming. Europe spent a fortune trying to switch to solar. You will find they are now rushing back to traditional sources of power to save their economies. Renewables sound great and someday might be the answer, but right now they are proving to be inadequate to power modern civilization. When effective alternate sources of power are developed, it will not take mandates to get people on board. Until then, only government mandates keep solar in business.
jeff s March 06, 2014 at 09:43 AM
Geez global warming and cooling are cyclical natural cycles.. Tell the wooly mammoth 10,000 years ago that the ice age (most recent one) was the result of pesky cavemen.. Sure..
phil March 06, 2014 at 11:06 AM
jeff, jeff, jeff - EVEYONE knows the wooly mammoth was driven to extinction from smoking cigs, drinking 32 oz sodas and eating the guac at Chipoltles!!! :>

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