Category Archives: Energy Options

Stanford engineer Jacobson: U.S. can attain all renewable energy by 2050

Stanford engineer, Mark Z. Jacobson, is confident in U.S. ability to attain all-renewable energy by 2050. Jacobson is professor of civil and environmental engineering and senior fellow with the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment On October 9th, Jacobson discussed his … Continue reading

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11/14/2012 Santa Monica – California Coastal Commission meeting on whale killing seismic surveys

UPDATE: The Coastal Commission rejected PG&E’s proposal and said they didn’t need to come back to try again.   Coastal Commissioner Dayna Bochco said PG&E explained what the soundwaves would do. “They did convince me that there is a target … Continue reading

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California plans for 7.8 earthquake but ignores San Onofre nuclear plant 7.0 design limit

California seismic planners want us to “drop, cover and hold on” as part of their Great ShakeOut earthquake drill for the expected and overdue 7.8 magnitude earthquake, yet they ignore the fact Southern California’s San Onofre nuclear power plant is … Continue reading

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Southern California Ports at risk from San Onofre nuclear plant

A nuclear disaster at the San Onofre nuclear power plant could shut down both the Long Beach and Los Angeles ports.  Any cost benefit analysis of whether to restart San Onofre should include the economic impact of such a possibility. According to the … Continue reading

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FERC Chairman: We’ll be in fine shape without San Onofre

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Jon Wellinghoff is confident San Diego County’s summer power needs can be addressed without the San Onofre nuclear plant. The reactivation of non-nuclear generation plants and preparations to reduce peak power demands in the … Continue reading

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Bad Vibrations: San Onofre steam generators cannot safely be repaired – new Fairewinds video and report

Arnie Gundersen, Chief Engineer of Fairewinds, explains why San Onofre’s four defective replacement steam generators cannot safely be repaired, as he demonstrates what happened inside the generators. Steam generator tube vibrations caused extensive damage due to design changes between the … Continue reading

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Cascading major design changes caused San Onofre nuclear reactor steam generator failures and radiation leak

Major steam generator design changes by Southern California Edison (SCE) are the likely cause of radiation leaks and unusual accelerated tube wear in the San Onofre nuclear power plant’s four steam generators, states a new study by nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen. San … Continue reading

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04/06/2012 Media Kit – San Onofre Press Conference

2012-04-06 Press Release – San Onofre Nuclear Crisis  – Community members to NRC: Robust, transparent and thorough investigation of urgent safety problems is essential Steam Generator Failures at San Onofre – Fairewinds Summary Steam Generator Failures at San Onofre – Fairewinds – Full Report … Continue reading

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No blackouts with San Onofre shut down

There will be no rolling blackouts this summer with San Onofre shut down. California’s electric grid operator has many options to prevent this.  The California Independent System Operator (ISO) on 3/22/2012 presented this list of various actions that would mitigate … Continue reading

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Prediction of rolling blackouts has not occurred

We have been receiving many questions concerning why the recent closure of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) has not resulted in the rolling blackouts predicted in the Legislative Analyst’s (LAO) fiscal analysis for the California Nuclear Initiative. We … Continue reading

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