10/25/2012 Irvine CPUC meeting – San Onofre on agenda

Please attend October 25th California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) meeting to share your concerns about San Onofre nuclear power plant costs and reliability.   CAUTION: The CPUC has no jurisdiction over nuclear power plant safety.  Therefore, it’s important to limit your discussion to cost and reliability concerns.  (See recent federal court decision overruling Vermont’s authority to shut down their Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant.)

Location:  Irvine City Council Chambers, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Irvine, CA  92606

Time:  9:00 AM.  Arrive before 8:45 AM to sign up for public comment. The Commission may discuss agenda items out of order, so we do not know what time they will hear Agenda Item 34 (San Onofre).

Public Comment: Public comment is only allowed at the beginning of the meeting. Deadline to sign up for public comments is 8:45 AM.

Press Conference outside city council chambers:  11:30 AM.  (est.)

Press conference may be delayed if the CPUC is still hearing the San Onofre agenda item.   The CPUC restricts public input by disallowing any public comment at the meeting except at the initial public comment period and also by rule that any member of the public may only make one comment on any issue. Thus, many members of the activist community will be speaking at the press conference. Press Release 10/25/2012

Message to the CPUC from Edison and SDG&E Ratepayers

It’s time to cut our losses and permanently shut down the defective San Onofre nuclear reactors.

    • Edison’s plan to restart (even at partial power) defective and damaged equipment is unacceptable. This is not a prudent or reasonable plan for ensuring cost effective and reliable power.
    • Forcing customers to pay potentially billions of dollars for Edison’s aging and crippled nuclear reactors is unacceptable. Edison and SDG&E customers already have some of the highest electricity rates in California and the nation.
    • The CPUC investigation should analyze costs and reliability through the current license period. This will show that Edison’s mismanaged, defective and aging nuclear reactors are a bad investment for California ratepayers.
    • Near-term replacements for San Onofre power should emphasize reducing demand, and strengthening energy efficiency and renewable options. This would address economic and environmental impacts from the San Onofre outage.
    • OII proceedings regarding San Onofre should be conducted in the area most impacted by the decisions of these proceedings, particularly the pre-hearing conference.

Copy of message to the CPUC – with important expanded details

Letter to CPUC from Del Mar City Council 10/23/2012


Agenda Item 34 – San Onofre [11659]

The CPUC draft Order Instituting Investigation (OII) is 25 pages (excluding attachments).

      • Attachment A:  7/18/2012  San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station – NRC Augmented Inspection Team Report.
      • Attachment B: Adopted Schedule for the OII.

Agenda Description

New Order Instituting Investigation [OII]

I.____________  Order Instituting Investigation on the Commission’s Own Motion into the Rates, Operations, Practices, Services and Facilities of Southern California Edison Company and San Diego Gas and Electric Company Associated with the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station Units 2 and 3.


Pursuant to the provisions of Public Utilities Code Section 455.5, the Commission opens this investigation to consolidate and consider issues raised by the extended outage of units 2 and 3 of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. The Commission may issue orders based on this investigation to address ratemaking and other matters under our jurisdiction.

COST: None

Draft OII: http://docs.cpuc.ca.gov/SearchRes.aspx?docformat=ALL&docid=30513811

News Reports

The new steam generators are designed to last longer, said Mike Wharton, manager of the steam-generator replacement project. “They are designed for 40 years,” he said. “We expect we’ll actually be able to get 60 years out of them … better materials, better design. You learn over the course of years what works well and what doesn’t, and you try to build it into the next generation.”

For more than eight months, ratepayers of Southern California Edison have been paying $54 million a month — a per-customer average of more than $10 — for a nuclear power plant that has been delivering no electricity. This situation should never have been allowed to drag on for so long.

Ratepayers have been paying for the costs of replacing the steam generators and have continued paying for the plant’s capital and operating costs despite the fact that it is producing no power. According to the commission proposal, Edison and SDG&E are collecting $1.1 billion a year from ratepayers for costs relating to the plant.

The organization that runs California’s energy grid is planning ahead in case the San Onofre nuclear plant remains out of commission in the summer of 2013.

Thanks to a thoroughly botched $770-million equipment “upgrade,” the plant hasn’t been online since January and may not operate ever again. The best-case scenario is that it might get restarted sometime around the end of this year or early next, but there’s no guarantee that it will run at full strength even then.  Meanwhile, the ratepayers keep paying. Over the more than six months that San Onofre has been dark, the bill has come to $25 for every Californian in its service district, man, woman and child. The old adage that “you get what you pay for” apparently doesn’t apply in Edisonland.

About Donna Gilmore

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