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Jun 7, 2013 6:55 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Nuclear plant closing raises sense of urgency

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Utilities and regulators have long planned for the possibility that Southern California Edison Co. wouldn't reopen its San Onofre nuclear power plant, but news that the twin reactors will close is bringing a new sense of urgency.

Authorities said Friday there will be enough electricity to get through the summer but warned that a wildfire or other major emergency could bring outages.

The California Public Utilities Commission says there will be more emphasis on conservation, incentives to reduce consumption, transmission line upgrades and additional power generation.

Since San Onofre halted production, businesses have been paid to shift consumption to off-peak hours and consumers have been paid to have their air-conditioners shut down during heat waves. That trend will likely continue.

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