California Assesses Its Future Energy Supplies
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.