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OPINION: Wind, Solar Can't Replace 24-7 San Onofre Nuke Plant

Southern California Edison in its video outlines why San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station is vital to the Southern California Grid.

Southern California Edison in its video argues that its San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, now shuttered for a year because of deep-running technical problems with its steam generators, is vital for the Southern California power grid.

Because the plant, when operating, provides thousands of megawatts of power at a steady rate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, it can't be replaced by renewable power sources like wind and solar energy, officials say.

Libi Uremovic February 22, 2013 at 10:39 PM
'...now shuttered for a year ...it can't be replaced by renewable power sources like wind and solar...' cali has wind, sun, and water ...we don't need nuclear energy in our state... asia will not return to nuclear power after their tsunami disaster.... they will develop renewable technology while the states fall further behind the global competition because we can't get past our partisan divisions...
Libi Uremovic February 22, 2013 at 10:46 PM
'...What would you do when the sun is not out?...' i knew a family that had one solar panel on their house in santa cruz - which is overcast 300 days/year...and they still sold power back to the utility company... renewable energies is a conservative stance...the individual home owner generating their own energy is a conservative and libertarian stance... the more self-efficient the individual citizen is the better off we are as a nation...
Libi Uremovic February 22, 2013 at 10:48 PM
has there been any rolling blackouts on the west coast that weren't industry driven..??
Jim Richert March 04, 2013 at 09:55 PM
Japan's government announced last week that they will be re-starting their nuclear plants. So much for renewable energy.
Laguna Streets April 06, 2013 at 10:30 PM
Nuclear energy looks great in a spreadsheet, millions of eV per gram. Along came the atomic age and parents were buying glow-in-the-dark toys for their kids. Edison did an admirable job generating safe electrical energy for the grid over 40 years - until the end-of-life for this reactor. Today we are stuck with nuclear waste, no re-processing facilities, escalating costs of re-furbishment, proliferation of nuke materials, and all the political fall-out of a by-gone era. Let's decommission this reactor and get-on with de-centralized power generation from renewables.

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