SCE Downsizing San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station Staff

Southern California Edison (SCE) has determined that San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) staffing and costs are significantly higher than other similar dual unit, non-fleet nuclear power plants. Indicators also show there are opportunities to reduce operating and maintenance costs by improving plant processes while fully maintaining all safety commitments. As a result, SCE announced this week its intent to downsize the SONGS’ organization to 1,500 – a reduction of approximately 730 employees – beginning fourth quarter of 2012.

According to SCE, this effort was initiated more than two years ago as part of the larger SONGS Excellence plan to align SCE’s processes and staffing levels with the top performing nuclear operating plants in the industry and its benchmarked best practices.

SCE previously testified to the anticipated staff reduction in its pending General Rate Case testimony. Strict California environmental and regulatory standards, coupled with a greater financial investment to replace aging infrastructure, have increased the overall cost of delivering electricity to customers, highlighting the need to achieve greater efficiencies where possible, including at SONGS.

The steam generator issues at SONGS also require that SCE be prudent with its future spending while SCE and regulators review the long-term viability of the nuclear plant. The reality is that the Unit 3 reactor will not be operating for some time.

Deliberate steps will be taken over the next year to ensure SONGS is prepared to operate safely and in alignment with SCE’s future operating budgets. Over the next two months, SONGS’ employee workloads will be quantified and peer comparisons made to better understand what specific changes are necessary to transition to top performer status. A decision regarding the new organizational structure is anticipated in late October.

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  • Anonymous
    Anonymous

    Now that is funny,,  down to 1500.. we were down to ~800 back in the 90's for a dual unit..  They still have too many at 1500.    1000 would be about right.   O I figure 25% is white collar upper Mgmt.    3 Mgrs to observe one worker!

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous

    Well it's a big barrel of money and everyone wants to dip their hand into it.  Can't let it all go to corporate executive bonuses and shareholders.

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous

    why would you allow a company to be overstaffed that much?  I can understand a federal nuclear site because there really is no owner but a privet plant needs to justify their costs.  you can bet some executive will get a bonus out of this.  When he should have been fired for letting it get so bad in the first place.

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous

    Did anyone think to tell the Edison lapdogs at the California Public Utilities Commission that the company has known for two years that the operating costs at SONGS are "significantly higher" than at similar nuclear plants?  The buzzards are starting to circle San Onofre.  And probably Edison's CEO, too!

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous

    Unions will be the death of the nuclear industry.

    Are you watching, SPEA?

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous

    Way too heavy on engineering staff.  

    [a former employee]

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous

    My experience of working at SCE has been one of less perks and abusive charging than at any other company I've worked for.  Everyone thinks they know a lot about something they have absolutely no knowledge of.  They love to cry wolf even when there's no wolf around.  People who work at SCE work hard and do a great job.  Let's not forget all the FREE and REDUCED COST programs SCE provides to educate people on how to reduce their energy costs.  Got any idea about the Flex Your Power programs?  Thought not.

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous

    The company is trying to do the right thing; we dodged a huge bullet this summer not having any power shortages;

    To say shut it down shows just how stupid some of you are.....so what is your answer, coal, wind , hydro?

    Its easy to throw a rock when they are down, lets work with them!