6/21/16 – Diablo Canyon Power Plant to shut down by 2025
Publish Date: 6/21/2016
By: Ernesto Garcia
PG&E announced Tuesday morning that Diablo Canyon Power Plant, California’s last remaining nuclear power plant, will shut down by 2025.
The joint proposal was agreed upon by the utility-owner PG&E, Friends of the Earth, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1245 and others.
The plan is to replace Diablo Canyon exclusively with renewable energy and energy efficiencies.
Currently, Diablo Canyon Power Plant generates around nine percent of California’s annual electricity production.
California Senator, Barbara Boxer is in favor of the decision made by PG&E.
“In 2011, I learned that the seismic risk at Diablo Canyon was much more dangerous than we thought,” Boxer said. “So I applaud PG&E’s decision to cease operations at Diablo Canyon after its license expires in 2025, and I appreciate that Friends of the Earth will remain focused on the safety issues while the plant is still operating. The news that nuclear power will be replaced by renewables is heartening.”
The joint proposal also addresses Diablo Canyon’s role as one of the largest employers in the San Luis Obispo region and provides for a Community Impacts Mitigation Program for local tax losses, along with employee retention and retraining programs.
PG&E says it does not believe this plan to close the plant would increase customer rates.
The state of California would have to approve the joint proposal. Click here to read the full proposal.
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