Southern California Edison prepares draft license amendment for San Onofre

San Onofre hasn't been 'the largest source of baseload generation and voltage support in the region,' as Edison repeatedly claims, for the past 14 months and counting, and the CA Independent System Operator (ISO) says we'll do just fine without it for the second Southern California summer upcoming. For example, voltage support will be provided by retrofitting the retired, Edison-owned Huntington Beach power plant as a 'synchronous condenser' ... Per the CA Energy Commission, despite increased population and more appliances consuming power in homes and businesses, energy efficiency standards have helped keep per capita electricity consumption in California flat for the past 30 years. California's per capita electricity consumption has remained constant at approximately 7,000 kilowatt-hours/year (kWh) for the last 30 years due in large part to strict standards for homes and appliances. The rest of the U.S. has increased 40 percent (to roughly 12,000 kWh/year per person). And there is even more savings to be gained through additional advances in energy efficiency as well as conservation by users. Not to mention the boom in rooftop solar installations, with San Diego County leading the state. Edison needs to stop with the Chicken Little routine -- the sky is NOT falling. The 21st Century is just moving forward. As of last summer, California generates 1,255 MW of electricity from 122,516 rooftops (more than one of the San Onofre Nuclear Reactors). Rooftop solar installation can be done in a matter of months, and the CA Air Resources Board estimates that 150 permanent jobs are created for each 100 megawatt (MW) of local solar added. As an indication of the growth potential of this job sector, in San Diego County, we have only installed 2% (or 140 MW) of rooftop and parking lot capacity -- this is a GROWTH industry! Here is a weblink to our letter faxed to Senator Boxer and Congressman Waxman today, with cc's to Senator Feinstein, NRC Chair Allison Macfarlane and several senior NRC managers, including those responsible for the decison on Restart of San Onofre, Eric Leeds and Art Howell. The Coalition to Decommission San Onofre is comprised of community-based, grassroots organizations in San Diego and Orange Counties concerned for the safety of 8.5 million residents living within 50 miles of the defective San Onofre nuclear reactors, and for the economy of Southern California. These organizations include: Citizens Oversight, Earthkeepers San Diego, the Peace Resource Center of San Diego, San Clemente Green,, and Women Occupy San Diego.
— April 2, 2013 12:34 p.m.

Peevey, supposed to be neutral, pushed secretly for Pio Pico

Just learned about this from a fellow activist, by the time I RSVP'd, one of the 20-person "Stakeholder Groups" was already full. As Press, Don, you should be able to get in regardless, right? The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is holding meetings in San Diego in order to provide access to the CPUC Commissioners and staff. There will be a full commission business meeting on March 21. This is a noticed meeting open to all members of the public. As a member of San Diego's cleantech community, you are invited to a series of stakeholder meetings the day before, on March 20, at the Scripps Seaside Forum. These meetings are less formal working meetings that allow you to bring your policy suggestions or concerns directly to all five Commissioners. This is a chance to discuss State policy—and how it affects our region—directly with the decision makers at the CPUC. To date, the Commissioners have participated in four of these regional stakeholders meetings throughout the state. Participants will be grouped according to three specific topics: energy efficiency/renewable energy, infrastructure and safety (subject to change). Attendees will be split into three groups of 20. Each group will have a chance to meet with every Commissioner and the directors, advisors and staff of various CPUC divisions. Commissioners will start meetings at 10:00am and will meet with each group for 90 minutes. The commissioners and their staff will then move to the next group, repeating this until each group of Commissioners has met with each group of stakeholders. This is an all-day event and lunch will be provided. Please note all ex parte rules apply and must be observed. Should you be interested in attending this invitation-only event please email Drew Cheney at [email protected]. They can only accommodate 60 participants, so please RSVP to Drew as soon as possible. What: Stakeholder meeting with CPUC Commissioners and staff When: Wednesday, March 20th; pre-meetings start at 9:00am, Commissioners arrive at 10:00am Where: Scripps Seaside Forum, 8610 Kennel Way La Jolla, CA 92037 Parking: About a 3-5 minute walk to the Scripps Forum - Kellogg Park, Free Parking Area. Map -
— March 1, 2013 2:03 p.m.

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