Minutes from April 23, 2013 Open Meeting-San Onofre

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 

  Open Board of Directors Meeting

  San Bernardino Community College District

 114 S. Del Rosa Drive

 San Bernardino, CA 92408


Present:  Dimitrios Alexiou, Deborah Barmack, Carole Beswick, Erin Brinker, Ann Bryan, Bill Easley, Ray Gonzalez, Richard Hart, Scott Hofferber, Ed Kilgore, Lowell King, Ed Lasak, Sue McKee, John Mirau, Steve PonTell, Bev Powell, Larry Sharp, Paul Shimoff, Phil Waller, and A.J. Wilson.

Guests: Bob Brendza, Joe Gonzales, Paul Granillo and Michael Saldana.

Announcements: 1) The reservation form for the trip to Sacramento was circulated for those not yet registered to attend.   The trip to Sacramento will be on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, with the option of arriving on Monday, May 20th for some possible afternoon meetings and a group dinner.  Reservation forms should be submitted as soon as possible but no later than April 30, 2013.  2) Committee chairs and co-chairs should plan to review State issues and active bills in preparation for the trip. 3) A majority of the members present voted to extend an offer of membership to Vanir Development Company.  4) The Inland Empire Regional Economic Forum will be held on Friday, April 26, 2013, from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at the Orton Center on the campus of the University of Redlands located at 1200 E. Colton Avenue, Redlands. 

 M/S/P: Minutes from April 16, 2013

Ray Gonzalez introduced Joe McCawley, Senior Project Manager with Southern California Edison.  Joe McCawley explained that the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station was Southern California’s largest and most reliable source of electricity.  Its operation is critical to providing electricity to rate payers at a low cost and is a major component of generating the overall supply of electricity.  As part of the electrical base load, San Onofre normally operates at 100% capacity, supplying power 24 hours a day, seven days a week, regardless of weather conditions and generates approximately 2,200 megawatts of power — enough to meet the needs of 1.4 million homes and businesses at a single point in time.  Other types of electrical generators operate for shorter periods of time to meet peak loads and guarantee availability of electricity as the demand fluctuates.  In 2011, nuclear power provided 24% of Southern California Edison’s mix of electrical generation.

 Unit 1 at San Onofre has not been operational for the past decade, due to age and determination of its useful life.  While Unit 2 was down for normal maintenance, Unit 3 was taken down when vibration caused a hole in the heating tubes and a release of radiation into the atmosphere.  Edison has completed extensive investigation and redesign of the unit.  The entire unit was replaced to prevent further release of radiation.      The total cost to rate payers of the San Onofre outage is approximately $150m.  San Onofre is owned jointly by Southern California Edison (approximately 75%), San Diego Gas and Electric (approximately 13%), and the City of Riverside (approximately 2%). 

Southern California Edison has proposed to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that the unit be restarted at 70% capacity for a period of five months, at which time a full evaluation of the new unit operations would be conducted.  An application for re-license and amendment to operate at 70% rather than 100% capacity has been filed.  Southern California Edison’s highest priority is the safe operation of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. 

 A Q & A period followed.

General meeting adjourned at 8:15 a.m.

The group went into a closed session for Committee work on Sacramento issues.