The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, which is jointly owned by Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas & Electric and the city of Riverside, has been one of California’s premier energy provision stations since 1968. The station itself generates 2,200 megawatts of power – which in turn is capable of powering over 1.4 million homes. The amount of power output coming solely from this station has exceeded and surpassed the individual power output of all other sources in the region. More importantly, due to the nature of nuclear energy production and its emission free dynamics, this facility has spared California residents from over 100,000 metric tons of smog pollutants and roughly 180 million metric tons of carbon emission.
In January of 2012, the two sections or units of the San Onofre nuclear plant were taken offline due to a leak detected in a steam generator tube. Southern California Edison and its constituents are working hard to restore functionality to the facility, but with the summer season coming in full force, SCE has predicted that without the San Onofre nuclear facility being operational, residents of nearby regions, more specifically Orange County, may experience power issues. Southern California Edison believes there is sufficient contingency power sources to compensate for San Onofre, regardless, should one of these alternative transmission lines experience in issue, there is a small potential for voltage dips and power outages.
Until the San Onofre facility retains its functionality, Southern California Edison advises its customers to conserve energy the best they can in the coming summer season. The following is a list of helpful tips from Southern California Edison to make it through the Summer season: set thermostats no lower than 78 degrees, use electric fans instead of air conditioning when practical, turn off unused appliances and equipment, shut off lights when leaving a room, avoid using evaporative coolers or humidifiers when air conditioning is running, operate swimming pool equipment and energy-intensive appliances, such as dishwashers, washing machines and dryers, during early morning or evening hours and lastly limit the opening and reopening of refrigerators, which are major users of electricity in most homes.
Southern California Edison would like to work with the community to make sure everyone receives uninterrupted power this summer season. For more information on the status of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station or Southern California Edison’s summer energy conservation effort please visit www.SCE.com or visit www.SONGScommunity.com. Regular updates can also be found on twitter at www.twitter.com/SCE_SONGS.