Southern California Edison\u2019s plans to seek an early site permit for a new nuclear power plant, according to Jacqueline Jones, Edison customer specialist, in testimony to the California Energy Commission October 16. \u201cNuclear is a long-term option,\u201d she said. The commission maintains that nuclear power is not expected to contribute to the state\u2019s goal of curbing global warming. The commissioners asked Jones to address their increasing dissatisfaction with the utility\u2019s procurement plans, which commissioner John Geesman considers a \u201creliability pickle.\u201d The state, through the commission\u2019s Integrated Energy Policy Report--which is supposed to establish energy policy--tends to embrace distributed generation. That is, smaller power supplies, including solar photovoltaic panels on rooftops, which add electric supplies to the grid. Those distributed supplies are in addition to big fossil and nuclear plants and usually are built by non-utility developers. Jones, however, said that the utility is not inclined to install distribution generation units to help out with its ever-tightening supply problems. Her data show that 5 percent of distribution generation projects meet an 80 percent efficiency goal. The utility\u2019s customers are becoming more numerous as the area is built out into deserts. At the same time those customers are demanding more electricity to deal with the climate. Current state law prohibits new nuclear plants while plans for a radioactive waste dump remain out of reach. An initiative for next year\u2019s ballot is being circulated by Assemblymember Chuck DeVore (R-Irvine) that would rescind California\u2019s nuclear power plant prohibition.