San Onofre - Costly for Utility Customers
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Since: Nov 10
#1 Apr 2, 2014
The closure of California's San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station increased generation costs in the state by about $369 million, equivalent to a 15% increase in total generation costs, during the 12 months following the January 2012 loss of the major generation resource, according to a working paper issued by the Energy Institute at Haas.
In the March 28 paper titled "The Value of Transmission in Electricity Markets: Evidence from a Nuclear Power Plant Closure," authors Lucas Davis and Catherine Hausman said this marked increase, of which $39 million was attributed to transmission constraints, went "almost completely unnoticed" because of a large offsetting decrease in natural gas prices in 2012. "In fact, a naive before-and-after calculation would have erroneously concluded that the SONGS closure actually decreased electricity prices," the paper said.
In the months following the closure, the authors found that almost all of the 2,254 MW of lost San Onofre generation was met by gas-fired plants inside California at an average cost of $66,000 per hour and that these plants dispatched were not always the lowest-cost available resource. The California ISO market, during low load hours, closely followed the merit order of energy dispatch, with about half of the increased generation coming from Southern California and the other half coming from Northern California, the paper said. But during high load hours, there were "significant out-of-order effects," namely higher cost generating units coming online more than expected, it said.
#2 Apr 3, 2014
Edison, like Entergy, is yet another evil nukedom corporation
"There's no way ratepayers should have to pay more of these costs," said Jamie Court, President and Chairman of the advocacy group Consumer Watchdog, arguing that investors should foot the bill. "They made the bad bet."
NBC August 2013
Customers would get $1.4 billion in refunds in San Onofre deal
The proposed settlement between two Southern California utilities and ratepayer organizations is related to the closing of the San Onofre nuclear power plant.
LA Times March 27, 2014
and why is it that this nuke definitely had to close?
San Onofre Ready To Blow Anytime
Rense dot com/general95/sanmn dot html
SONGS (San Onofre) was shut down once for rusting of the 'egg crates' of this same steam generator. Oh, the 'crates' are just fine on the levels that are seimically most sensitive...blah blah blah IT'S A 30 YEAR OLD RUST BUCKET and that was almost ten years ago.
Now, not only are the egg crates (aka like radiator copper accordions) rusting out more and more but the damn tubes are rusted through! Its curtains for this generator. A $100 million piece of hot junk. So, it's time once again to Petition NRC to shut it down pending analysis, not only of the structurals but now also of the steam tubes themselves! This is so close to blowing all I can say is GET AWAY! The Edison Asstards will run this rust bucket until it blows, then blow town...wake up people! Of course, rusty tubes means its DEFINITELY NOT SEISMICALLY STRONG ENOUGH NOW as it was such a close call even before when it was just some crates on level nine.
PS At that time of inspection the huge rusty vaslve at the bottom of the steam generator looked bad and sure enough it was totally non operational, so what? Well it was the ECCS1 valve....soo??? ECCS1 is the main Emergency Core Cooling System #1 Valve !!! Which is supposed to open easily and automatically when needed to reflood a damaged core.. Ok, they replaced it and then turned the damn place back up 100% full blast ! Get a clue, nether science, ecology, govt regulations, inspectors nor pesky geologists cannot keep one of these evil monsters shut down, they are designed to pour out radiation FOREVER ! Get a ticket to Antarctica !
#3 Apr 3, 2014
I think it would be fair that we help bail out our west coast friends with there costly life and times. Please reach deep for those with their backs to the wall.
#4 Apr 3, 2014
-So we should help the millions living there with their co$t of moving to South America?(which is the only 'solution' to avoiding the heavy doses of radiation about to hit them all the more than they've already had)
Oh ewe mean help Only the nuketards there who stupidly chose the evil profession of working in Nukedom, don't ewe?
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