Nuclear plant closure brings San Vicente pumped-storage project to spotlight

San Vicente Dam

The closing of the 2,200-MW San Onofre nuclear power plant may prompt the San Diego County Water Authority to decide definitively the fate of the long-discussed San Vicente pumped-storage hydropower project, the Associated Press has reported.

The 500-MW pumped-storage plant would be located near the San Vicente Dam, which was raised in height from 117 feet to 220 feet beginning in 2009. The project gives the San Vicente Reservoir a storage capacity of 242,000 acre-feet.

Southern California Edison announced this past month that is was closing the San Onofre nuclear project amidst continued concerns regarding the plant's safety. The utility said San Onofre provides about 20% of the San Diego region's power.

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