Southern California Edison (SCE) is now touting demand response programs as a way to make up for its lost power generation capacity from the permanent retirement of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), the utility’s only nuclear power plant, which generated about 2,200 MW.
The power company told the Los Angeles Times that demand response programs could cut electricity peak use by as much as 1,300 MW.
The utility operates voluntary programs by which its business and residential customers can earn money back on their electric bills or future discounts by shutting down air conditioning or other appliances when demand is high.
The air conditioner program grants monthly bill credits of up to $250 for businesses and $200 for homes.
SCE said demand response could help the utility prevent power outages until a more permanent solution for the loss of SONGS is arranged.
SCE is a unit of Edison International. It has its headquarters in Rosemead, California.