CPUC Head Comments on Nuclear Plant Retirement and Efficiency Implications

California Energy Commission’s Robert Weisenmiller on the future

Green Biz, April 16, 2014

Before its retirement in 2012, the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) represented about 16 percent of the local electricity generation supply covering an average of 1.4 million homes serviced by Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas & Electric and the city of Riverside in southern California. The plant was especially important because of its location on a critical transmission path between Orange County and San Diego. As a result, its closure created a shortage of electricity and a shortage of voltage support that is necessary to move power between Los Angeles and southern Orange County/San Diego.

Reid Smith of Energy Efficiency Markets interviewed Robert Weisenmiller, chairman of the California Energy Commission, about what the retirement means to energy efficiency markets in California.

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