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Post-Onofre power grid could cost consumers

A $2.3 billion proposal to rewire portions of Southern California's transmission grid following the closure of the San Onofre nuclear power plant could mean higher power bills for consumers.

The board of governors for the California Independent System Operator will vote early next month on the plan to improve the flow of electricity to the San Diego region and Los Angeles basin.

ISO spokesman Steven Greenlee said Tuesday the assessment will then move on to the California Public Utilities Commission, which has the final say on consumer costs.

Greenlee says consumers statewide could eventually see a slight uptick in the “transmission access charges” on their monthly bills.

Consumer advocates say the assessment appears to be overly cautious and wasteful, given recent declines in peak power use.

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