SAN ONOFRE (CNS) - Much if not all of the electric power once provided by the San Onofre nuclear power plant could be replaced with energy from non-fossil-fuel sources, according to a proposal being considered by the California Public Utilities Commission.
The procurement plan written by an administrative law judge is expected to be debated and possibly voted upon next month by the five-member commission, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Two principal partners in the shuttered plant -- Southern California Edison Co. and San Diego Gas & Electric Co. -- would be required to procure at least 600 megawatts of power from so-called preferred resources, which include wind and solar power, energy efficiency programs, electricity storage systems and locally generation from roof-top panels, according to The Times.
However, the proposed decision also leaves the door open for utilities to purchase power from natural-gas-fired power plants if needed to provide reliability to the grid when renewables aren't enough, the newspaper reported.
Edison permanently closed San Onofre in June 2012 after concluding that it would be economically unfeasible to fix defective steam generators that had leaked small amounts of radioactivity.
A two-alarm fire that engulfed a Spring Valley home caused between $100,000 and $200,000 in damages, but the family inside escaped safely and the home is salvageable, officials said Tuesday.
A 30-year-old man was in custody Tuesday on suspicion of murder in the fatal stabbing of a 58-year-old woman in a Clairemont home, police said.
A fire that has scorched 255 acres of brush in the rugged northeastern reaches of San Diego County is 85 percent contained Tuesday, authorities said.
A San Diego teacher’s tense confrontation with a Border Patrol agent is going viral after the agent asked her if she was an American citizen at a checkpoint in New Mexico.
Researchers at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research announced Monday that they've made their first attempt to artificially inseminate a southern white rhinoceros, in an attempt to save the critically endangered northern white rhino.
"It is sad that 14 years later people are still being smuggled in tractor-trailers," he said. "There still isn't water, there still isn't ventilation. These criminal organizations, they're all about making money."