For Immediate Release: June 7, 2013
Media Contact: Adam Gottlieb - 916-654-4989


Statement by Energy Commission Chair
on Closure of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station

SACRAMENTO - California Energy Commission Chair Robert B. Weisenmiller today issued the following statement regarding Southern California Edison's announcement on the closure of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS).

"The California Energy Commission has been working with the Governor's Office, the California ISO, and the California Public Utilities Commission to plan for this contingency so we would be able to maintain reliable power in Southern California while minimizing economic and environmental costs. The Energy Commission's top priority will be working with our sister agencies on developing and implementing this action plan," said Energy Commission Chair Robert B. Weisenmiller.

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The California Energy Commission is the state's primary energy policy and planning agency. Created by the Legislature in 1974 and located in Sacramento, six basic responsibilities guide the Energy Commission as it sets state energy policy: forecasting future energy needs; licensing thermal power plants 50 megawatts or larger; promoting energy efficiency and conservation by setting the state's appliance and building efficiency standards; supporting public interest energy research that advances energy science and technology through research, development, and demonstration programs; developing renewable energy resources and alternative renewable energy technologies for buildings, industry and transportation; planning for and directing state response to energy emergencies.

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