CPUC PROPOSES TO OPEN FORMAL PROBE INTO SAN ONOFRE OUTAGE

     (The following press release from the California Public Utilities 
Commission was received by e-mail and was reformatted. The sender verified the 
statement.) 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                           
PRESS RELEASE 
CPUC PROPOSAL WOULD OPEN FORMAL
INVESTIGATION INTO SAN ONOFRE OUTAGE 
SAN FRANCISCO, October 16, 2012 - The California Public Utilities Commission 
(CPUC) today issued a proposal that would open a formal investigation into the 
extended outages of Units 2 and 3 at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station 
(SONGS), including whether to immediately remove all costs related to SONGS 
from the rates of Southern California Edison (SCE) and San Diego Gas and 
Electric (SDG&E) going forward, and to refund SONGS-related costs already 
collected in rates back to January 1, 2012. 
The CPUC's Commissioners will vote on whether to open the investigation at the 
CPUC's October 25, 2012, voting meeting in Irvine, Calif.  The investigation 
would consider the causes of the outages, the utilities' responses, the future 
of the SONGS units, and the resulting effects on the provision of safe and 
reliable electric service at just and reasonable rates.  Typically these issues 
are examined by the CPUC in various proceedings. The investigation would 
consider these issues in a consolidated manner that is efficient for the 
utilities, parties, and the CPUC. 
If approved by the CPUC's Commissioners, the investigation would consider 
information and proposals by SCE, SDG&E, CPUC staff, and others regarding the 
rates, operations, practices, programs, services, and facilities of SCE and 
SDG&E as they relate to the outages of SONGS Unit 2 and 3.  The issues that 
would be examined include: 
*   Whether or not rate adjustments should be made; if so, when they should 
start and the amount;
  *   The reasonableness of the actions and expenditures of SCE and SDG&E with 
respect to SONGS steam generator replacements and subsequent activities;
  *   The reasonableness of the actions and expenditures of SCE and SDG&E in 
securing energy, capacity, and other related services to replace the output of 
SONGS during the outage;
  *   The cost-effectiveness of various options for repairing or replacing one 
or both units of SONGS going forward;
  *   Any additional ratemaking issues associated with the above, including the 
availability of insurance or warranty coverage for any of the costs related to 
the SONGS outage; and,
  *   The reasonableness and necessity of each SONGS-related operation and 
maintenance expense, and capital expenditure made, on and after January 1, 
2012, reviewed within the context of the facts and circumstances of the 
extended outages of Units 2 and 3. 
The investigation would provide a forum to consider evidence and argument on 
these issues.  Evidence taken in the proceeding would be the basis for 
findings, conclusions, and CPUC orders. 
The proposal is available at 
http://docs.cpuc.ca.gov/PublishedDocs/Published/G000/M030/K511/30511880.pdf.     
For more information on the CPUC, please visit www.cpuc.ca.gov 
Media Contact: Terrie Prosper, 415.703.1366, news@cpuc.ca.gov 
(kgt)NY 
 
 
Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.