San Onofre nuclear plant to stay offline this summer
Source: Los Angeles Times
The troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant will remain dark through the hot summer months when energy demand is at its highest in Southern California.
The top official at Edison International said Thursday that the plant will not restart any time soon and that, instead, the utility will lean on a pair of mothballed generating units in Huntington Beach and will implement alerts and incentives for customers to conserve power.
Officials said the contingency plans should be sufficient to get customers through the summer without power shortages under all but the most extreme circumstances.
Ted Craver, chief executive of Edison, parent company of plant operator Southern California Edison, said the earliest that the Unit 2 reactor could restart would be the end of summer, and Unit 3, which showed more troubling wear, may take longer.