Tuesday, October 23, 2012

[SDCPJ] Call on CPUC to Investigate San Onofre--NOT ONE DIME MORE! 10/25/12 CPUC Meeting!



---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Carol Jahnkow <caroljahnkow@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, Oct 23, 2012 at 8:31 AM
Subject: Call on CPUC to Investigate San Onofre--NOT ONE DIME MORE! 10/25/12 CPUC Meeting!
To: shutsanonofre@citizensoversight.org


 
IMPORTANT METTING OF THE CALIFORNIA PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION (CPUC)
Thursday, October 25, 2012  --  Irvine City Council Chambers, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Irvine 92606
Public Testimony: 9 a.m. (be there by 8:30 a.m.).  Press conference at 11:30 a.m.

Please see below for:

  • More info on meeting and how to participate personally or by e-mail
  • Our core message to the CPUC (also attached)
Meeting info and how to participate personally or by e-mail:

The 
California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)  regulates the rates and reliability of electric service by SoCal Edison & SDG&E, majority and minority owners of Onofre Nuclear Power Plant.  The CPUC rarely conducts its "Voting Meetings" outside of its HQs in San Francisco. It is holding its next "Voting Meeting" on Thursday, October 25th in the Irvine City Council Chambers, which gives those affected by the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant a tremendous opportunity to address all 5 of the Commissioners, who are appointed by the Governor.  The meeting starts at 9a, but we are asking supporters of the Keep San Onofre Shut Coalition to arrive by 8:30a 
and take seats before the meeting starts. Seating is always at a premium at public meetings on San Onofre, so we want to be sure our Coalition is well-represented in the Council Chambers, which seats 200; the CPUC is also planning an Overflow Room with 100-seat capacity, plus loudspeakers broadcasting the Meeting outside.

The CPUC's published Agenda for this meeting includes opening an Investigation into issues raised by the extended outage of San Onofre Nuclear Plant Units 2 and 3. Again, the CPUC regulates the rates and reliability of electric service by SoCal Edison & SDG&E, majority and minority owners of San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant -- NOT nuclear power plant safety, which is the exclusive jurisdiction of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.  The CPUC's Draft "Order Instituting Investigation (OII) can be viewed here:  http://docs.cpuc.ca.gov/PublishedDocs/Published/G000/M030/K511/30511880.pdf

At the beginning of each Commission "Voting Meeting," people may address the Commission about items on the Agenda (except closed session matters and certain other cases).  If there are a lot of speakers, each speaker will get a maximum of 1 minute to speak.  However, if a group wants to select a spokesperson or two, additional time will be allotted for the spokespeople, rather than having all of the individuals speak.  In addition, spokespeople can bring such things as petitions or position statements to leave with the Commissioners.  We ask your cooperation in allowing a limited number of spokespeople to sign up to speak for a longer time, to amplify and elaborate on our "Core Message to the CPUC" and "Detailed Message" (see following).

In addition to, or instead of, attending the Commission Meeting on Oct. 25th, you can also submit your Comment to the Commission via e-mail to the Public Advisor's Office at public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov.  The Public Advisor routes comments received to the Commissioners and there is no limit on the number of pages for written comments, so people can be more detailed in their comments, rather than having to get their spoken statement down to 1 minute (for large number of speakers at CPUC Meeting).  If you attend the Commission Meeting on October 25th, you can also bring 7 copies of your written statement to submit to the Commission.  

In prepping to attend the Commission Meeting, be mindful that "Signs brought by meeting attendees are limited to 8 1/2 x 11 inches in size.  Sticks or any other type of handle are strictly prohibited."  We CAN have larger signs/banners or signs with handles OUTSIDE -- and we will have these for our Press Conference outside, which we will hold at 11:30am.  Please plan to stay through at least our Press Conference.

Core Message to the CPUC

It's time to cut our losses and permanently shut down the defective San Onofre nuclear reactors.

·        Edison's plan to restart (even at partial power) defective and damaged equipment is unacceptable. This is not a prudent or reasonable plan for ensuring cost effective and reliable power.

·        Forcing customers to pay potentially billions of dollars for Edison's aging and crippled nuclear reactors is unacceptable.  Edison and SDG&E customers already have some of the highest electricity rates in California and the nation.

·        The CPUC investigation should analyze costs and reliability through the current license period. This will show that Edison's mismanaged, defective and aging nuclear reactors are a bad investment for California ratepayers.

·        Near-term replacements for San Onofre power should emphasize reducing demand, and strengthening energy efficiency and renewable options. This would address economic and environmental impacts from the San Onofre outage.

·        OII proceedings regarding San Onofre should be conducted in the area most impacted by the decisions of these proceedings, particularly the pre-hearing conference.  


A Detailed explanation of the Core message is in the attached file.  






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