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The US Administration, through the Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the signing of the credit award and payment agreement with Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) to finalise terms for $1.1bn in credit payments through the Civil Nuclear Credit (CNC) programme for the Diablo Canyon NPP in California. The $6bn CNC programme is funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and administered by DOE’s Grid Deployment Office. It supports the continued operations of nuclear energy facilities, preserving thousands of jobs while avoiding an increase in carbon emissions.

Date: Wednesday, 24 January 2024
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The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has agreed to allow the Diablo Canyon NPP to operate for an additional five years, despite calls from environmental groups for its closure. The CPUC voted to extend the shutdown date to 2030 instead of closing it in 2025 as previously agreed. The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) still needs to conduct a safety review. 

Date: Wednesday, 20 December 2023
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The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has approved an exemption request from Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) to allow continued operation of the Diablo Canyon NPP beyond its current licences. This will allow PG&E to continue operating both units at Diablo Canyon while the company's Licence Renewal Application (LRA) is under review. PG&E intends to submit a new LRA by the end of 2023. The current licences for units 1&2 expire in 2024 and 2025.

Date: Thursday, 09 March 2023
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Lawmakers in California have until 31 August - when the current legislative session ends - to vote on a proposed bill that would extend operations at the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant. The American Nuclear Society has written to state legislators urging quick passage of the bipartisan legislation.

Date: Wednesday, 31 August 2022
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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has recently announced an amendment to the Civil Nuclear Credit (CNC) Program Guidance for the currently open award cycle. To incorporate these changes and give potential applicants the time they need to respond, DOE also extended the application period for a further 60 days to 6 September.

Date: Wednesday, 06 July 2022
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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has amended eligibility criteria for the current award cycle under its USD6 billion programme to support the continued operation of US nuclear reactors under threat of premature closure, and extended the deadline for submissions. The revision was one of those requested by California Governor Gavin Newsom as the state considers delaying the planned closure of its only nuclear power plant, Diablo Canyon.

Date: Saturday, 02 July 2022
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There is strong local and statewide support for extending the operations of California's only operating nuclear power plant - and the state's largest source of carbon-free generation - a newly released poll has found.

Date: Saturday, 21 May 2022
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The San Onofre nuclear power station in California. Photo courtesy SCE. California utility regulators awarded owners of the San Onofre nuclear station more than $460m in new money to pay for the ongoing decommissioning of the facility, rejecting a protest from a San Diego consumer group.

Majority plant owner Southern California Edison late last year asked the California Public Utilities Commission to approve withdrawing $461m from an existing trust fund to continue decommissioning the closed nuclear station.

In 2017, SCE estimated it would need $166m to perform the work. Since then Edison has said delays in the fuel-transfer programme moving the waste from wet to dry storage and approval of a permit from the state Coastal Commission contributed to the higher cost estimates.

The Public Watchdogs consumer advocacy group filed a formal protest to the application late last year, asserting that SCE had not properly explained why it needed more money than it had previously estimated.

Date: Tuesday, 17 March 2020
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The California Coastal Commission has approved a coastal development permit for Southern California Edison's San Onofre nuclear power plant, enabling decommissioning of the plant to begin. The utility said it expects the dismantling of major structures at the two-unit plant to begin next year.

Date: Tuesday, 22 October 2019
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California's last nuclear plant, Pacific Gas and Electric’s (PG&E’s) Diablo Canyon plant in San Luis Obispo County, will close in 2025, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) said on 11 January. The CPUC's five commissioners unanimously approved a revised version of the joint proposal for Diablo Canyon's closure that was put forward by PG&E together with labour and environmental organisations.

Date: Tuesday, 16 January 2018
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