A solution to the San Onofre nuclear situation - Clean Coalition
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A solution to the San Onofre nuclear situation

The Clean Coalition is working on a formal proposal for DG+IG to serve as the primary approach to Southern California’s energy future.

Craig Lewis

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) recently opened a formal investigation into the future of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), after a failure caused the plant to be shuttered for the past year. A primary objective of the investigation is to assess the viability of replacing the facility’s 2,340 MW capacity with alternative energy sources if the plant does not return online in the immediate future or returns at less than 100% capacity. The investigation’s focus on San Onofre’s immediate future complements the Clean Coalition’s ongoing involvement in the CPUC’s Long Term Procurement Planning, which is assessing the long-term options for SONGS.

As an active party in the investigation, the Clean Coalition aims to ensure that clean local energy, integrated with intelligent grid technologies, fills any capacity void left by SONGS. DGresources, which can be deployed quickly and cost-effectively, could address increasing local capacity requirements in Southern California. In addition, intelligent grid technologies – including advanced inverters, energy storage, electric vehicles, and demand response – can provide the necessary voltage support and reserve margin for powering the region in the absence of SONGS, while providing greater overall grid reliability and resilience. Importantly, clean local energy supports California’s established energy goals, such as those associated with Assembly Bill 32, the Renewable Portfolio Standard, and Governor Brown’s pronouncement for 12,000 MW of DG in California.

The Clean Coalition recognizes the significance of this investigation and is working diligently on a formal proposal for Distributed Generation + Intelligent Grid (DG+IG) to serve as the primary approach to Southern California’s energy future.

Craig Lewis

Founder and Executive Director

Craig founded the Clean Coalition in 2009 and has over 30 years of experience in policy and technology innovation, including the proliferation of Solar Microgrids and Community Microgrids. Prior to founding the Clean Coalition, Craig held numerous positions in the wireless, semiconductor, banking, and renewable energy industries. Previously VP of Government Relations at GreenVolts, he was the first to successfully navigate a solar project through California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard solicitation process. Craig was energy policy lead on Steve Westly’s 2006 California gubernatorial campaign. His resume includes senior government relations, corporate development, and marketing positions at leading wireless, semiconductor, and banking companies such as Qualcomm, Ericsson, and Barclays Bank. Craig received an MBA and MSEE from the University of Southern California and a BSEE from the University of California, Berkeley.