6/21/16 – Diablo Canyon to close, transition into renewable energy
Publish Date: 6/21/2016
By: Matt Van Slyke
The proposal to close Diablo Canyon ends a long-running battle over the fate of the plant. PG&E came to an agreement with several environmental groups that have been fighting the company to close the plant citing safety concerns.
“This is a very historic day, its taken a village to get to where we are,” said Rochelle Becker, Director for Alliance of Nuclear Responsibility.
The planned closure of Diablo Canyon is the latest in a series of nuclear power plants that have closed throughout the state and nation.
“It wasn’t an easy decision in that we spent a significant amount of time evaluating the economics,” said Jearl Strickland, Leader, PG&E Technical Services.
The utility says the improving economics of renewable energy from wind and solar are making competition difficult for the power plant.
“Our needs analysis shows that you really don’t need all the power that’s produced by Diablo Canyon when we reach our current license life,” said Strickland.
Under the joint proposal, the nuclear power plant will be swapped with renewable energy projects and efficiency initiatives.
“This agreement is a clear blueprint for fighting climate change by replacing nuclear power with clean, safe and cost competitive renewable energy,” said Erich Pica, President of Friends of the Earth.
PG&E says that ratepayers will not pay more for renewable sources of energy than they would have paid to keep Diablo open.
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