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October 13, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - State energy officials are scrambling to fill a large hole in California electricity supplies now that the San Onofre nuclear plant has been permanently closed by Southern California Edison Co. It's not just an energy problem; it could also become a political hot potato. Power blackouts helped fuel the recall of Gov. Gray Davis a decade ago, and Gov. Jerry Brown may be paying close attention as a result. California Energy Commission Chairman Robert Weisenmiller recalled that Brown cornered him in August and bluntly warned him to "make sure the lights don't go out down there" in Southern California.
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BUSINESS
October 2, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
Southern California Edison fired another salvo at its former contractor, demanding that Mitsubishi Heavy Industries pay it $140 million for the cost of investigating the failure of steam generators at the San Onofre nuclear power plant. Edison on Tuesday released a Sept. 27 letter that accused Mitsubishi of "stonewalling" by continuing to seek more documentation about the cost of the utility's probes. "Your letter makes clear that Mitsubishi has no intention of meeting its contractual obligations to reimburse expenses incurred as a result of the defective replacement steam generators," Edison wrote.
BUSINESS
October 1, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer, A clarification has been added to this post. See note below.
A consumer group on Tuesday urged the California Public Utilities Commission to prohibit Southern California Edison from charging consumers for costs related to the closure of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Edison, which operated San Onofre in a partnership with San Diego Gas & Electric Co. and the Riverside municipal power utility, announced in June that it would permanently close the plant, ending a four-decade venture into nuclear energy production. PHOTOS: Most affordable zip codes for home buyers John Fox of the California Public Interest Research Group said the utilities should not pass along the costs of closing the facility to consumers.
BUSINESS
September 23, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO -- Federal regulators have issued proposed safety violation citations to Southern California Edison Co. and its contractor for alleged design flaws in steam generators at the San Onofre nuclear power plant. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Monday released the results of an inspection into the failures that led to Edison's decision in June to shutter two units at the electricity generating station near San Clemente. In January of 2012, steam tubes in one of the units began to leak and the complex was shut down.
BUSINESS
September 23, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
Federal regulators said Southern California Edison Co. and a contractor were responsible for design flaws that led to the permanent shutdown of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in June. To the frustration of critics, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Monday proposed safety citations - but no fines - against Edison and its contractor, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, for defective steam generators at the plant near San Clemente. Edison said the proposed citation by the NRC came as no surprise.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 2013 | By Abby Sewell
Southern California Edison, owner of the now-defunct San Onofre nuclear plant , has made documents available on a website  relating to the ill-fated steam generator replacement that prompted the plant's closure. The documents, some of which had not been previously released, include correspondence and minutes of meetings between staff from Edison and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries - the Japanese company that was contracted to manufacture the replacement generators - about their design, and documents submitted to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
BUSINESS
August 21, 2013 | By Catherine Green
As the Southland braces for the usual end-of-summer swelter, Southern California Edison isn't working up a sweat about keeping the lights on even though its nuclear power plant has been permanently closed. Partly that's because Edison employees have been hustling for months to promote the Rosemead utility's programs to tempt residential and business customers into shutting down air conditioning or other operations when electricity demand is high. In exchange, customers get relief on their power bills through credits or rate discounts.
BUSINESS
August 12, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Preparing for months of battle over who should pay the estimated $4.1-billion cost of permanently shutting down the San Onofre nuclear power plant, which closed in June, Southern California Edison has launched a public relations campaign suggesting that ratepayers pick up part of the cost. Who pays - ratepayers, stockholders, equipment manufacturers or insurers - is expected to be a long and thorny dispute before state and federal regulatory agencies as well as in the courts.
BUSINESS
August 12, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO -- Closing the San Onofre nuclear power plant is in the "best interests" of Southern California Edison's 4.9 million customers and those ratepayers should be prepared to pay a portion of the shutdown costs. That's the message in a public letter published as a full-page advertisement in the Los Angeles Times on Monday. "If a utility asset must be retired before the end of its expected life, the utility recovers from customers its reasonable investment costs," Edison wrote.
BUSINESS
August 5, 2013 | Catherine Green
Edison International, the parent company of Southern California Edison, has had its hands full with the bankruptcy of a subsidiary and the shutdown of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Now, it is overhauling its operations. The Rosemead company, which oversees the utility that provides power through much of Southern California, began as Los Angeles Edison Electric Co. in 1894 when Visalia streetlight provider Holt & Knupps merged with Electric Light Works. The company has long since branched out beyond its primary utility, establishing power producer Edison Mission Energy, investment arm Edison Capital and coal subsidiary Midwest Generation.
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