California utilities cleared to buy power to replace nuclear

|By:, SA News Editor

Edison International (EIX) and Sempra Energy (SRE) utilities in Southern California are cleared by the state's public utilities commission to buy as much as 1,500 MW of electricity to replace power lost when the San Onofre nuclear plant shut in 2012.

SRE’s San Diego Gas & Electric is authorized to secure 500-800 MW, with at least 175 coming from “preferred resources” such as solar, wind and energy-efficient sources and 25 from energy storage; EIX’s Southern California Edison is approved for 500-700 MW, with at least 400 from preferred sources.

Environmental groups, who had argued that all additional power should come from renewables and other clean sources, aren't happy with the decision.