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Post–San Onofre, activists demand green energy

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Southern California Edison, the operator and majority owner of San Diego's now-defunct San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, is facing similar pressure to that felt locally by San Diego Gas & Electric from activists demanding replacement power for the shuttered nuclear plant come from "green" sources.

Activists representing a handful of groups rallied in front of Edison's Rosemead headquarters east of Los Angeles on March 10, protesting plans to replace San Onofre with fossil-fuel-powered generators.

"Today we’re calling on Southern California Edison to be better members of our community and publicly reject new gas plants," said Sierra Club leader Opamago Agyemang in a release following the demonstration. The group instead suggests larger investment in solar, geothermal, or hydroelectric technology.

The California Public Utilities Commission is considering how to address the loss of power from San Onofre; a plan is expected to be released later this week. The commission has already approved one new gas-fired plant, Pio Pico, to be placed in the Otay Mesa neighborhood near the U.S./Mexico border, an area already suffering from high pollution levels.

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Southern California Edison, the operator and majority owner of San Diego's now-defunct San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, is facing similar pressure to that felt locally by San Diego Gas & Electric from activists demanding replacement power for the shuttered nuclear plant come from "green" sources.

Activists representing a handful of groups rallied in front of Edison's Rosemead headquarters east of Los Angeles on March 10, protesting plans to replace San Onofre with fossil-fuel-powered generators.

"Today we’re calling on Southern California Edison to be better members of our community and publicly reject new gas plants," said Sierra Club leader Opamago Agyemang in a release following the demonstration. The group instead suggests larger investment in solar, geothermal, or hydroelectric technology.

The California Public Utilities Commission is considering how to address the loss of power from San Onofre; a plan is expected to be released later this week. The commission has already approved one new gas-fired plant, Pio Pico, to be placed in the Otay Mesa neighborhood near the U.S./Mexico border, an area already suffering from high pollution levels.

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The CPUC and Edison/SDG&E need to think ahead, not in the past.

Where was solar just a decade ago vs where is solar now?
Where was nuclear 4 decades ago vs where it is now...?

We need to start looking ahead and building for the future, instead of trying to rebuild the past. Utilities are losing market share each and every time a ratepayers adds solar to their roof and they are doing so at ever greater rates (pun intended)! If Tesla and/or someone else develops a storage battery that is affordable then expect the Utilities to lose exponentially more of their current market share, especially if those same ratepayers buy one or more eVehicles!

In CA ratepayers pay a separate fee on their monthly bills for the Grid so Utilities will NEVER get stuck, their shareholders will always come out ahead unless you are talking about Japanese owners of what used to be TEPCO, then yes they have lost big.

If the CPUC had said NO to SDG&E building a 1.6 Billion dollar peaker plant in Pico Pio and had spent the money on installing Solar roofs instead, everyone except the Utility shareholders would have come out ahead for the next 30+ years!

There are going to be ever more eVehicles selling for all kinds of prices which will allow their owners to commute without using gasoline or diesel fuel, which will be recharged by the panels on their rooftops because the prices of PV and soon PV storage are falling monthly! Therefore using the $100,000 figure is yet another attempt to sidestep what is coming in the future. BTW: I know people that use electric bicycles to commute and anyone with credit can get a new Nissan Leaf for about $200 per month on a multi-year lease, so therefore using the $100,000 figure is yet another attempt to sidestep what is coming in the future. I'll also mention that nobody needs to go 100% renewable at least at the present unless they live in a remote location or because they want to for some reason; for most ratepayers if they can pay only a fraction of what they are currently paying they will be overjoyed!

Remember that President Carter put solar panels on the White House and that the World has really evolved since he was in office! One only has to think about the price and power of personal computer and/or mobile phones "back then" to see that we are living in a much different world in which like personal computers and mobile phones, Solar (of all flavors) is now coming of age, which is a great thing for mankind, since the Earth does have limited resources which are now in demand by ever more people globally... the XL pipeline which will help Canada ship its natural resources to Asia is a perfect example!

March 11, 2014

To Jay Berman's post:

I'd suggest that both two small Nat. Gas fired generators and an expandable desalinization plant be built ASAP at San Onofre, since they would serve SoCal very well in the future, then as Solar (of all flavors) expands and the need for Gas generation is reduced, we could expand the desalination plants output and keep the other Nat. Gas fired generator as a standby.

March 13, 2014

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