The closure also created a rare rift in wholesale electricity prices between southern and northern California. San Onofre is located in the south, near San Diego.
"Since April 2012, wholesale power prices in the southern part of the state have on average tracked some 12% higher than those in northern California as the 'relatively inexpensive' nuclear generation produced by SONGS had to be replaced with power from other, more costly, sources," WNN noted.
Japan is now moving close to a partial nuclear restart to help regain its economic footing. Its shutdowns were on a much larger scale than California's, but its economic lessons should open eyes in the West Coast state.
And here's an archive of stories about alternative nuclear technologies - thorium fuel, liquid reactors, etc. - that could replace conventional designs like those at SONGS, and usher in even safer and more affordable nuclear. (Link added around 9:10 a.m. PDT following the "today v. tomorrow" comment from reader Art Williams below).
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