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Potential Meltdown in California

Dear Gabriel,

$54 million a month — that’s how much Southern California Edison is already recouping from customers for the two new generators at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station which, in 2011, were found to be leaking radioactive steam and were shut down.

And now, it will cost millions more to repair the generators and restart the plant. That cost could also be passed on to customers if Southern California Edison has its way. Altogether, the failed generators and repairs will cost customers over a billion dollars.

Over 44,000 people have already signed our petition to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to shut down San Onofre for good. Now we need to take the fight straight to Governor Jerry Brown, who is sensitive to how the costs of this plant will be passed on to consumers. We need the governor to pressure the California Public Utilities Commission to shut down the plant so that customers aren’t funding more failed overhauls and we can invest that money in renewable energy.

Tell Governor Jerry Brown: Save taxpayers from this billion-dollar boondoggle — shut down San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station permanently. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

The San Onofre plant is a Fukushima-repeat waiting to happen. Built near a fault line that’s more dangerous than previously thought and sitting directly on the beach, it’s susceptible to both tsunami waves and earthquakes.

We need to stop pouring money into this radioactive pit. Instead of allowing Southern California Edison to spend more money that will be passed on to utility customers for a plant that’s due to be retired in just 10 years, California should be leading the green energy movement by spending that money to retrofit homes for energy conservation, install solar panels on business buildings, and investing in other sources of renewable energy.

Three of the five commissioners on the California Public Utilities Commission were appointed by Governor Brown. That means his influence could be decisive in the upcoming commission vote about shutting down San Onofre. Allies tell us that the governor is most concerned about passing to consumers the costs of repairing the plant. So if we emphasize the massive costs involved we can convince him to push for investments in renewables rather than trying to reopen this expensive and dangerous nuclear power plant.

Tell Governor Jerry Brown: Save taxpayers from this billion-dollar boondoggle — shut down San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station permanently. Click below to automatically sign the petition:

Thank you for being a part of the fight against unsafe nuclear energy.

Jordan Krueger, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

Solar Payback in California

Dear Gabriel,

As the most anti-environmental Congress maintains their relentless pursuit of dirty energy and dirty pollution in Washington, California is on the verge of a game-changing decision that could help nearly double the amount of customer-produced solar power in our state.1

The California Public Utilities commission (CPUC) will vote next month on a plan that would fix a loophole which currently allows utilities to unfairly limit benefits to producers of solar energy in California, (a program called net metering.)

Naturally, many utilities are fighting back hard. But if the PUC hears from enough Californians there’s a very good chance they could move forward with this important plan which would be a boon to solar power in the Golden State.

Tell the Public Utilities Commission: Support solar in California! Close the loophole that allows utilities to restrict access to net metering.

The net metering proposal under consideration is technical, but here’s how it works:

When a solar system produces more energy than it uses, that energy goes into the grid, and utilities credit the customer on their electric bill with the retail value of the energy provided.

Utilities are supposed to provide net metering credits to customers for renewable energy equaling 5% of California’s energy demand. But because no uniform standard exists for calculating the 5% cap, some utilities use a cheapskate formula that results in about half the net metering credits than the law originally intended.

The proposal at the PUC would fix the problem, making more net metering credits available to Californians. This would help ensure continued growth of rooftop solar around the state, and our clean energy industry.

That would be a very big deal for clean energy in our state. But PUC needs to hear from a lot of Californians to make it happen. Please submit a comment now:

Elijah Zarlin, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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