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  •  simply not true (4+ / 0-)
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    Ray Radlein, Plan9, JeffW, bryfry

    The Rancho Seco plant was successfully decommissioned and its output completely replaced by a combination of wind and solar combined with greater efficiency and conservation.

    Simply, absolutely not true.

    Rancho Seco was replaced by natural gas.

    SMUD tries to bury the numbers, but look here.

    47% from natural gas and 41% from hydro.  Only 8% comes from all renewables excluding hydro.

    Back when Rancho Seco was online, even with it's pathetic 39% lifetime capacity factor, Rancho Seco provided over 1/3 of SMUD's energy.

    •  Even with it's pathetic 39% lifetime capacity (2+ / 0-)
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      Ray Radlein, Plan9

      ... Rancho Seco could produce the equivalant of almost 2/3 of the energy that was produced by all of the wind and solar in the entire state of California in 2006.

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