Diablo Canyon nuclear plant will remain open after 2025

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By edhat staff

State lawmakers on Thursday approved a proposal to keep the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant open beyond its original decommissioning date of 2025.

Governor Newsom has proposed allocating up to $1.4 billion for a forgivable loan to PG&E to keep the plant running for another five to 10 years to bolster the state’s power grid due environmental changes and the lack of replacement of renewable energies.

Diablo Canyon currently generates about 8.6% of the state’s total electricity supply and is the state’s last remaining nuclear power plant.

The California State Assembly approved the measure 67-3 and the Senate passed it 31-1 in the early hours of the morning on the last day of the year to approve the bills.

“Diablo Canyon generates nearly 10% of our state’s electricity. It’s basic, carbon-free power that employs thousands of local residents — and we desperately need it to keep the lights on. California. I am proud and grateful to my colleagues for their support on this absolutely essential measure. After years of hard work, Diablo Canyon’s importance to the residents of our state has finally been recognized,” the member said. Assembly Jordan Cunningham, co-lead author of the bill.

The bill also includes $160 million in new funds that will be credited to San Luis Obispo County. Specifically, $10 million in 2023-24 and $150 million in 2024-25 for conservation, environmental improvements, and access to Diablo lands and economic development consistent with decommissioning efforts. The Natural Resources Agency, in conjunction with the Labor and Workforce Development Agency and the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), will sign a plan for the money of by March 2023, according to REACH – the Regional Economic Action Coalition, a San Luis Obispo-based nonprofit economic development organization.

“This is a huge win for the Central Coast and shows what speaking loudly with a united voice can accomplish in state and national decisions. This money has the potential to realize the community’s widely embraced vision for the region’s post-Diablo future: preserve the 12,000 acres of pristine land while transforming the factory into a forward-looking engine of economic growth and innovation. future,” said Melissa, President and CEO of REACH. James.

Congressman Salud Carbajal said it’s critical that California be equipped to deal with the growing impacts of climate change, but the right decision in a crisis could always be the wrong one.

“That’s why, from the first suggestions for this extension in April, I made it clear that consistent outreach to the Central Coast on safety and environmental concerns was needed to accompany this proposed extension. I appreciate the steps that have been taken to engage with our community in recent months, but this is not the end. In fact, there are still many decisions to be made before the plant is approved for extended operations” , said Rep. Carbajal, “I believe that the short-term extension approved by the legislature will help address one of my main concerns: to ensure that this decision does not jeopardize future renewable energy projects like our Offshore Wind Lease in Morro Bay or the Chumash National Heritage Marine Sanctuary Project.”

Most state lawmakers hope to produce all electricity from clean sources by 2045, but concerns continue to be raised about energy storage, a lack of renewable sources and the threat of blackouts .

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