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ROSEMEAD, Calif., June 17, 2013 — As Southern Californians prepare for summer, Southern California Edison (SCE) is asking customers to be especially conservation-minded to help keep the electric grid stable and reliable during hot weather when energy use spikes, particularly without the power generated from the San Onofre nuclear plant.
Last summer, SCE customers saved 300 megawatts through conservation measures — enough to power about 200,000 homes.
“While Edison has been doing all that it can to prepare to supply power without help from the San Onofre plant, customer conservation is still a must,” said Erwin Furukawa, SCE senior vice president for customer service. “Now is the time to enroll in our conservation programs and start practicing conservation behaviors that can make a big difference for the grid.”
SCE is taking measures to make up for critical power generation resources that will not be available this year with the retirement of the San Onofre nuclear plant. SCE continues to make critical infrastructure improvements to its transmission systems and is bringing online 1,900 megawatts of generation — enough to power 1.23 million homes at a point in time — from Walnut Creek Energy Park in the City of Industry, CPV Sentinel Energy Project in the Coachella Valley and the El Segundo Generating Station.
Some ways customers can help improve grid reliability and control costs include:
To ensure long-term grid reliability, the utility will be closely working with the California Independent System Operator, as well as the California Energy Commission, California Public Utilities Commission, local and state elected officials, and the communities served to address future energy needs for customers.
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June 17, 2013