SD County doesn’t need power from San Onofre, SDG&E says

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SAN DIEGO — Decommissioning the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station will not leave San Diego County residents short of electricity, San Diego Gas and Electric officials said.

sanOnofre2SDG&E said the Sunrise Powerlink that came online last summer is capable of carrying 800 megawatts of electricity — nearby double SDG&E’s share of energy from San Onofre — from the Imperial County desert into San Diego and southern Orange County.

“With the Sunrise Powerlink now in service and with additional contracted resources, barring any unforeseen system emergency, our region should have adequate power supplies for this summer,” SDG&E Chairman and CEO Jessie Knight Jr. said.

Gov. Jerry Brown said state energy officials are working to make sure that Southern California’s energy needs will continue to be met despite the closure.

“Since San Onofre nuclear power plant went offline last year, energy utilities and the state have worked to provide Southern California with reliable electric power year round,” Brown said in a statement. “At my direction, California’s top energy experts will continue developing a long-term plan that ensures there is reliability for decades to come. As we move into the hot summer months, we can all do our part by continuing to conserve.”