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House Energy & Commerce Committee asks for state's plan to cope with loss of San Onofre

Several Democratic members of Congress, including ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee Henry Waxman of California along with Anna G. Eshoo, Lois Capps, Doris O. Matsui, and Jerry McNerney sent a letter on Friday (April 26) to the California Independent System Operator asking to see a detailed plan to ensure the stability of the state’s electric grid in the now all-but-certain event that the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station remains offline for another summer.

“It is crucial that grid reliability be maintained even if the San Onofre plant is unsafe to operate,” say the Representatives.

Without careful planning, the loss of the generation capacity from San Onofre could raise a challenge for grid reliability in California this summer. We request that you provide us with a detailed description of California ISO's plan to ensure adequate generation capacity and voltage support during the coming summer in the event that both units at San Onofre remain offline or that one unit runs at only 70 percent power. As part of your response, please provide the specific steps California ISO and other actors with which it coordinates intend to take to compensate for the potential absence of San Onofre's generation. In addition, please provide California ISO's assessment of the likelihood of grid reliability problems occurring this summer as a result of the situation at San Onofre.

The group has asked for a response to be provided by May 10.

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Several Democratic members of Congress, including ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee Henry Waxman of California along with Anna G. Eshoo, Lois Capps, Doris O. Matsui, and Jerry McNerney sent a letter on Friday (April 26) to the California Independent System Operator asking to see a detailed plan to ensure the stability of the state’s electric grid in the now all-but-certain event that the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station remains offline for another summer.

“It is crucial that grid reliability be maintained even if the San Onofre plant is unsafe to operate,” say the Representatives.

Without careful planning, the loss of the generation capacity from San Onofre could raise a challenge for grid reliability in California this summer. We request that you provide us with a detailed description of California ISO's plan to ensure adequate generation capacity and voltage support during the coming summer in the event that both units at San Onofre remain offline or that one unit runs at only 70 percent power. As part of your response, please provide the specific steps California ISO and other actors with which it coordinates intend to take to compensate for the potential absence of San Onofre's generation. In addition, please provide California ISO's assessment of the likelihood of grid reliability problems occurring this summer as a result of the situation at San Onofre.

The group has asked for a response to be provided by May 10.

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