SoCal Edison Girds Public For Summer Power Outages

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Uh, this doesn't sound good.

A day after federal judges ruled that Southern California Edison (SCE) can't reopen its troubled San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) without a full public review--something that won't happen for months--SCE is announcing a Friday media relations meeting to discuss possible power outages throughout Orange County this summer.

When it was up and running, SONGS provided about 20 percent of Orange County's electrical power. But it hasn't been operating since January 2012.

SCE's email announcing the meeting doesn't give specifics but sates that the topic of conversation will be "critical infrastructure changes that could affect power delivery in Orange County this summer.

On Monday, SCE officials in San Diego warned local residents that there was a likelihood that power would be cut to homes and businesses this summer if there is an extended heat wave. The company says that in a worst case scenario, rolling blackouts would occur, but that residents (who SCE urges to conserve power as always) would only lose power for a few hours. Residents of South Orange County would also be affected.

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freshenergy
freshenergy

SORE San Onofre Reactor Energency (dont use SONGS) was not needed in 2012 summer heat.


It won't be needed now.    this is pure and simple propaganda for then to restart their broken plant, and using their words "do an experiment on the people of So cal"   eff those nukers.

donnagilmore
donnagilmore

Don't buy the Edison scare tactic. Our electric grid operator says they are prepared for this summer. Their current plan meets industry standards. See SanOnofreSafety.org for details and links to the California Independent Systems Operator's 2013 summer assessment.

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

I also cast my mind back to the 'summer of swelter' ...what was it, 2001? Didn't affect me too much as I was living in a large city to the South of OC which has pretty constant whether  and cooing sea breezes all year round.

But I do remember the 'two governors' commercials begging us to save electricity, unplug the extra refrigerator in the garage, do our laundry at 1:00 AM -- that sort of thing. I found it funny that the state had to round up old Pete Wilson -- supposedly the most hated man in California -- to appear with Grey Davis in the commercials. 

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

This story made me recall the Enron crowd 

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