California’s Great SONGS Debate: Gas-​​Fired Power vs. Green Alternatives

Greentech Grid
February 12, 2014

CPUC sees push­back on pro­posal for nat­ural gas plus green replace­ments for 2,200 megawatts of lost nuclear power.  By Jeff St. John.  Down in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, a bat­tle over the state’s energy future has just been set in motion. At issue is the loss of the 2,200-megawatt San Onofre Nuclear Gen­er­a­tion Sta­tion (SONGS) — and the debate over how much green energy can be relied on to replace it.

On Tues­day, the Cal­i­for­nia Pub­lic Util­i­ties Com­mis­sion issued a pro­posed deci­sion (PDF) that would require South­ern Cal­i­for­nia Edi­son and San Diego Gas & Elec­tric to each pro­cure between 500 megawatts and 700 megawatts of new energy capac­ity by 2022 to make up for the gen­er­a­tion lost with the 30-​​year-​​old nuclear plant’s clo­sure last year.

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