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The US Administration, through the Department of Energy (DOE), has announced the conditional selection of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant in California to receive the first round of funding from the $6 billion Civil Nuclear Credit (CNC) programme, funded by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

Date: Friday, 25 November 2022
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California’s only nuclear plant could now operate beyond 2025 The two-unit Diablo Canyon nuclear station could now remain online beyond its scheduled shutdown in 2025. California’s last commercial nuclear power plant could get a new lease on life after the Biden administration announced the approval of up to $1.1bn (€1.07bn) in conditional funding.

The grant funds may offer a path to keeping the two-unit Diablo Canyon nuclear station online beyond its scheduled shutdown in 2025.

In June 2016, station owner and operator PG&E announced that it had reached an agreement with organised labour and environmental organisations to increase its investment in energy efficiency and storage, as well as renewables, and to close Diablo Canyon upon the expiration of the reactors’ operating licences – November 2024 for Unit 1 and August 2025 for Unit 2.

But in September 2022, California legislators voted to extend the life of the state’s last nuclear power station by five years as protection against possible blackouts – provided the federal government pays much of the cost.

Mr Newsom, a longtime proponent of shutting down the station, reversed course and embarked on a last-minute effort to extend its operation. His administration cited “unprecedented stress” on the state’s energy system as a reason for keeping open Diablo Canyon, which alone accounts for 9% of the state’s generation and 17% of its electricity from carbon-free sources.

Date: Wednesday, 23 November 2022
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Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has formally asked the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to resume its review of the licence renewal application for the two-unit plant after the state of California passed legislation that would enable the plant to continue operating until 2030.

Date: Thursday, 03 November 2022
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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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Both reactors at nuclear station scheduled to close by 2025 Diablo Canyon, midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, produces 9% of California’s electricity. Utility Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) could receive a $1.4bn (€1.3bn) government loan to keep the Diablo Canyon nuclear power station running up to 10 years beyond its current 2025 closure date under a bill proposed by California governor Gavin Newsom.

The proposal would exempt the extension from some environmental rules and would state regulatory agencies to act quickly to clear the way for the facility’s two reactors to continue operating.

The proposal, which would have to be introduced as a bill in the state legislature, is the latest in a series of steps California has made this year to reconsider its 2016 decision to retire the Diablo Canyon power plant by 2025.

Diablo Canyon, midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, produces 9% of California’s electricity. The proposal says its continued operation beyond 2025 is “critical to ensure statewide energy system reliability” as climate change stresses the energy system.

Date: Thursday, 18 August 2022
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Text circulated to California lawmakers by Governor Gavin Newsom says continued operation of the state's only nuclear power plant for an additional five to ten years is critical to ensure energy system reliability and minimise greenhouse gas emissions. It would authorise a loan of up to USD1.4 billion to extend the plant's operating lifetime.

Date: Wednesday, 17 August 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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Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) says that new and extensive analyses re-confirm that its Diablo Canyon Power Plant can safely withstand extreme natural events, including potential earthquakes, tsunamis and flooding.

Date: Wednesday, 11 March 2015
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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s latest analysis of faults near the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in California continues to conclude the plant’s design would withstand earthquakes near the site, NRC said 12 October.

Date: Monday, 15 October 2012
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Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to delay final action on its on-going license renewal application for the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant in California until seismic studies can be completed.

Diablo Canyon's operating licenses expire in 2024 and 2025.

Date: Tuesday, 12 April 2011
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