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Utility: Summer Power Needs to be Met in So. Calif.

George Severson

Utility: Summer Power Needs to be Met in So. Calif.

CREATED Jun. 14, 2012

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego Gas & Electric officials say they expect to be able to meet power demands this summer despite losing supply from the nuclear plant in San Onofre, which is offline due to wear in tubes that carry radioactive water.

Utility spokeswoman Allison Zaragoza said Thursday that the situation will be helped by a new transmission line called Sunrise Powerlink, which is expected to bring power from the Imperial Valley and go online any day.

San Onofre has been shut down for four months because of equipment issues. It typically produces enough electricity for about 1.4 million homes.

Zaragoza warned that conservation will still be key to ensuring the lights stay on, particularly in the event that there is an extended heat wave, causing consumers to leave on air conditioners.

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