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2012 Summer Reliability Planning
In California, electricity usage is highest during the warmer summer months. In order to ensure reliable electricservice during this time, Southern California Edison (SCE) works with customers to help them reduce their usageand has contingency plans in place for a loss of generation to maintain local reliability by calling on reservepower. However, the prospect of a summer without San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station Unit 2 or Unit 3 is asignificant challenge that requires additional planning.San Onofre provides significant reliability support to the grid. This includes the ability to support: grid voltage,the import of power from distant regions outside of California and stabilization of grid frequency. Summer is themost important time for operation of at least one unit at San Onofre, when the ability to both generate powerand import it from a distance is most critical.Although there appears to be sufficient system-wide resources throughout California to cover the expecteddemand and offset the lost power with San Onofre off line, there may be occasions when insufficient “local”resources exist in the L.A. basin to reliably serve all the electric loads should the region experience extremeweather conditions or emergencies. This is especially true in southern Orange County.SCE and the California Independent System Operator (California ISO), along with San Diego Gas and Electric,are doing additional contingency planning for service this summer. To minimize the risk of outages, SCE isdeploying an integrated, comprehensive summer readiness plan that includes:
Completion of the Del Amo-Ellis 230kV Loop-In project was accelerated to ensuremaintenance of power voltage in the south Orange County area and help facilitate imports to the SanDiego area.
Huntington Beach 3 and 4 have been returned to service at the request of California ISO.
SCE is improving customer incentive and demand response programs to help qualifyingcustomers lower their utility bills by reducing peak-time energy use. Customers can visit
to learn more.
SCE is communicating with the media, customers, the community and public officials asfollows:
SCE will educate and inform the mainstream and ethnic press through press releases,interviews, a summer readiness microsite and social media channels.
SCE is communicating through geographically-targeted direct mail, collateral material andsocial media. The company is also coordinating efforts with Flex Alert—the state conservationprogram—to target messages in southern Orange County.
SCE is reaching out to non-profits, schools, civic organizations, ethnic media and othersusing in-person and in-language communication (print, web and call center), including Cambodian,Chinese, English, Korean, Spanish and Vietnamese.
SCE will continue to keep local, state and federal officials briefed on new developmentsand the company's ongoing efforts with personal visits and discussion forums.