Life after the Closure of California’s San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station: Challenges & Opportunities

Life after the Closure of California’s San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station:  Challenges & Opportunities
Tuesday, January 7, 2014:


3:00 - 4:30 pm Eastern US Time

On June 7, 2013 Southern California Edison announced that it would permanently close the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) in southern California. The closure of SONGS creates unprecedented challenges for maintaining reliable electric service to consumers located in southern California. These challenges are compounded by reliability risks created by the regulatory timeline for eliminating the use of once‐-through cooling (OTC) in California’s coastal, aging and inefficient natural-gas power plants (5,086 MW) as well as demand growth in southern California of about 400 MW/year. Additionally, California is required, as per Assembly Bill 32: California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

However, challenges can also present opportunities. To address these challenges the California Public Utilities Commission, California Energy Commission and the California Independent System Operator propose to procure and develop 50% of Southern California’s resource needs with “preferred resources” - local energy efficiency, demand response, renewable generation, combined heat and power, and storage – and the remaining 50% with conventional resources – highly efficient natural-gas power plants. Deploying and scaling these energy resources in southern California will not be easy, but presents the state’s energy regulatory agencies, transmission grid operator, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric with a unique opportunity to fundamentally transform southern California’s electric sytem to meet both current and future demand while simultaneously achieving the state’s GHG reduction mandate.

Explore these challenges and opportunities in a one-on-one interview with Robert B. Weisenmiller, Chair of the California Energy Commission, California’s primary energy policy and planning agency. Chair Weisenmiller will present an overview of the current situation in southern California, the recently released Preliminary Reliability Plan for southern California and state policy actions moving forward, including the Assembly Bill 32 Scoping Plan Update which frames California’s 2050 vision for the state’s electricity and natural gas systems.

Keith Martin, Partner, Chadbourne & Parke LLP

Robert B. Weisenmiller, Chair, California Energy Commission


DRAFT Preliminary Reliability Plan for LA Basin and San Diego (August 30, 2013).
Prepared by Staff of the California Public Utilities Commission, California Energy Commission, and California Independent System Operator.
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