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California Assesses Its Future Energy Supplies

Aired 7/9/13 on KPBS News.

The State of California is looking for a way to keep all the lights on. A State Senate Committee will hold a hearing tomorrow (Wednesday, Jul. 10, 2013) on the future of energy supplies in California.

The State of California is looking for a way to keep all the lights on. A State Senate Committee will hold a hearing tomorrow (Wednesday, Jul. 10 at 9:30 am) on the future of energy supplies in California now that a decision has been made not to reopen the San Onofre nuclear power plant.

The plant is located between Los Angeles and San Diego and it was the largest source of electricity for Southern California.

Stephanie McCorkle is with California’s Independent System Operator, which oversees the state’s energy grid. “There’s 22-hundred megawatts that have to be made up for. And that can come from any sort of combination of transmission investments, generation, as we said including wind and solar power, and then demand response,” McCorkle said.

CAL-ISO is working with the California Energy and Public Utilities Commissions to create a permanent plan for offsetting the loss of San Onofre. McCorkle says a report should be ready in September.

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DonWood | July 25, 2013 at 6:26 p.m. ― 1 year, 1 month ago

The California Energy Strategy, which is contained in state law, requires that when planning future energy resources, the utilities must first exhaust all energy efficiency potential in their service areas, then max out renewable energy, and only then can consider fossil fuel resources. It is shocking that the ISO representative quoted in this article never mentioned the potential additional energy demand that could be removed from the state's energy grid by additional energy efficiency efforts. The ISO is in violation of state law. Perhaps because the ISO can't control energy that is not generated or needed due to increased efficiency. The legislature should censure the ISO for its public position on this issue.

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