SACRAMENTO (CBSLA.com/AP) — A state Senate committee planned a hearing with California’s chief energy officials Wednesday to discuss the lost electricity, lost jobs and other consequences of the permanent shutdown of the San Onofre nuclear power plant that was announced last month.
The Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee, chaired by Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles, was scheduled to hear from officials from San Onofre’s operator Southern California Edison, commissioners from the California Public Utilities Commission and the chief executive of the California Independent System Operator.
“One of the things we hope to flush out not just in today’s hearing but in future hearings is looking at what the alternatives are for decommissioning. Does it have to be a 50-year process?” Padilla told KNX1070. “Is there a way to do it, not in 2 or 3 years, but in 7 to 10 years or something in between to try and restore the site to a more usable, productive use sooner rather than later.”