San Onofre Shutdown Could Trigger Power Outages During Heat Wave

Originally posted on CBS Los Angeles:

SAN CLEMENTE (AP) — It will take more than the flip of a switch to replace power lost from the troubled San Onofre nuclear plant.

State energy officials have already warned of rotating blackouts in the region if a heat wave hits and San Onofre stays dark, and plans for replacement power remain shaky. Also, the loss of the nuclear plant makes it harder to import power into the San Diego area, where reliable energy transmission has long been at issue.

“There is the potential for service interruptions. I could definitely see some customers being curtailed,” said Michael Shames, executive director of advocacy group Utility Consumers’ Action Network.

The twin reactors located south of San Clemente have been idled while investigators determine why tubing carrying radioactive water is eroding at an unusual rate, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission chairman will visit the plant Friday to highlight the agency’s concern over…

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