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Officials: Calif. To Have Adequate Amount Of Power This Summer

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SANTA ANA (CBSLA.com) — The agency that coordinates the state’s electricity supply said Tuesday that California should have adequate amounts of power on hand this summer.

The California Independent System Operator forecasts enough new capacity has been built into the system to handle the estimated 2.3 percent power demand increase.

“Well my kids would appreciate it. I would appreciate it. I’m tired of resetting my DVD player and the clocks, every time the power goes off,” a resident told KNX1070’s Pete Demetriou.

There are still some concerns about supply in San Diego and Orange counties due to the ongoing outage of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, which has been idle since January 2012.

Cal-ISO warns during an extended period of hot weather or during a brush fire when transmission lines are at risk, flex alerts may have to be called.

Three new gas-fired plants and wind and solar electricity generating sites in El Segundo, the city of Industry and Coachella Valley will help with the demand.

(©2012 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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