- 2 -All charges demanded or received by any public utilityshall be just and reasonable.Every public utility shall furnish and maintain such adequate,efficient, just, and reasonable service, instrumentalities, equipment,and facilitiesas are necessary to promote the safety, health,comfort, and convenience of its patrons, employees, and the public.(§ 451.
)The Commission determines the manner and extent of such regulation in arange of different proceedings. These include investigations, rulemakings,applications, general rate case proceedings, and other forums.The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) Units 2 and 3 arelocated adjacent to Camp Pendleton near San Clemente California. They are jointly owned by SCE (78%), SDG&E (20%), and City of Riverside (2%).
Theseunits generate 2,200 megawatts of baseload power, and they play a critical role inthe reliability of the southern California electricity grid. Both units have beenoff-line since January 2012 because of problems found in the recently replacedsteam generators. SCE is the operator of these units.We open this Order Instituting Investigation (OII) pursuant to Rule 5.1 ofthe Commissions Rules of Practice and Procedure (Rules). Initiating a formalproceeding allows the Commission to consider proposals of SCE, SDG&E,Commission staff and others regarding the rates, operations, practices,programs, services, and facilities of SCE and SDG&E as they may be affected bythe outages at SONGS 2 and 3. The OII provides a forum to consider evidenceand argument on the issues. It may result in directives to SCE and SDG&E that
All statutory citations are to the Public Utilities Code unless noted otherwise.
The City of Riverside is a municipal utility not under the Commissions jurisdiction.