The California Legislative Analyst’s Office made the claim recently that if the two remaining nuclear power plants in California were shut down the state would cause rolling blackouts and other chaos.
This is in reaction to a proposed ballot initiative that would force California’s two nuclear power plants to shut down until a permanent disposal site for high-level nuclear waste is approved by the federal government. With Yucca Mountain scrapped by the current administration no such facility exists or is in the works in the US.
The two reactors in California San Onofre and Diablo Canyon only supply 16% of California’s electricity according to the Analyst’s report.
The situation in Japan over the summer where TEPCO declared major conservation would be needed to avoid blackouts constituted 25% of the region’s power supply. Over the summer in Japan TEPCO threatened that blackouts would occur. Citizens and businesses took some steps to cut usage. Not one blackout happened in Tokyo.
If Japan can solve the gap of 25% without the country and Tokyo having disruptions, California could easily make up a 16% gap with some basic conservation efforts.
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