Monday kicks off five days of public hearings at the California Public Utilities Commission in San Francisco that could eventually determine how much Southern California ratepayers will be on the hook for the now-permanently closed San Onofre nuclear power plant.
A live stream of the hearings can be found here.
While Coachella Valley residents in Southern California Edison’s service territory have been plenty steamed about the rise in summer electric bills due to rate increases, the impact of San Onofre on their bills seems not to be a major concern.
According to an Oct. 1 report on San Onofre Edison filed with the PUC, since the plant was closed in January 2012, ratepayers have already picked up more than $1 billion in San Onofre-related costs that are already embedded in their electric bills and there’s another $1.5 billion Edison would like to recover in operation and maintenance costs.
All documents filed on the PUC’s San Onofre investigation to date can be found here.
Who do you think should pay for San Onofre? Share your thoughts with Desert Sun energy reporter K Kaufmann at firstname.lastname@example.org.