This was submitted as an idea to the Politifest 2012 Idea Tournament. VOSD members will vote on the best ideas and on Sept. 19 we’ll announce six contenders (Not a member? Join now to vote). At Politifest on Sept. 29, each of the six finalists will have five minutes to pitch their idea to a panel. The panel rates the ideas and two finalists advance. The crowd at Politifest will vote on a winner. The winner will receive an “idea-inspired” trophy custom-designed by former City Councilwoman Donna Frye. VOSD CEO Scott Lewis will also write about the winner’s idea.

San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station has been offline since Jan. 31, 2012. The root cause was human error — trusting computer output, to be specific. The problem appears to be difficult, if not impossible, to repair. Costs for replacing the broken parts and buying replacement fuel will run into the hundreds of millions of dollars if San Onofre proceeds with that plan — but instead, the money could be used to support renewable energy options that become part of a lasting green-energy solution.

What can be done? Lots! Solar rooftops, solar parking lots, solar everything. Wind turbines, stored energy, even wave and tide energy systems are all available — as are skilled workers to build these things. The equivalent of San Onofre’s energy output has been added to the SoCal power grid many times in the past; once more with green energy replacement would be a big step towards making San Diego a truly great place to live.

Ace Hoffman submitted this idea to the Politifest 2012 Idea Tournament. Join us on Sept. 29!

Dagny Salas

Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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