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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
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-provides-funding-for-diablo-canyon-npp-10381420

California lawmakers have voted to extend the operating life of the state's only nuclear power plant at Diablo Canyon. The proposal passed by the legislature could keep open the state's largest single source of electricity for five more years, in part by giving plant owner Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), a $1.4 billion forgivable loan. The loan is expected to be repaid with federal funding. PG&E in 2016 proposed closing Diablo Canyon when the two pressurised water reactor units reached the end of their current operating licences, in 2024 and 2025.

Date: Wednesday, 07 September 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscalifornia-extend-the-life-of-diablo-canyon-npp-9980465

The decision by the California legislature to pass a bill that will enable the state's only remaining nuclear power plant to continue operation until 2030 has been greeted as the right choice for the state.

Date: Saturday, 03 September 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Historic-California-vote-hailed-as-the-right-choic

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
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Californian-lawmakers-urged-to-support-Diablo-Cany

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
Original article: nucnet.org/news/operator-could-receive-usd1-4-billion-government-loan-to-keep-diablo-canyon-open-8-3-2022

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
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-doe-revises-eligibility-for-civil-nuclear-credit-programme-9824737

Orano USA announced that, following a competitive bid process, its subsidiary, TN Americas, was selected by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) to offload and transfer all used nuclear fuel and Greater than Class C (GTCC) waste into interim onsite dry storage at Diablo Canyon nuclear plant after nuclear operations cease in August 2025.

Date: Tuesday, 12 April 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsorano-to-transfer-used-fuel-to-storage-at-diablo-canyon-9616899

TN Americas - a subsidiary of Orano USA - has been selected by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) to offload and transfer all used nuclear fuel and Greater-Than-Class C (GTCC) radioactive waste into interim onsite dry storage at Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in California. The plant is scheduled to shut down in August 2025.

Date: Friday, 08 April 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Orano-contracted-to-defuel-Diablo-Canyon

Recent study said reactors should operate for 10 more years The first of two reactors at Diablo Canyon is scheduled to be permanently shut down in November 2024 followed by the second in August 2025. The board of supervisors of California’s San Luis Obispo County – location of the Diablo Canyon nuclear power station – supports delaying the closure of the two-unit facility and has voted 3-1 to ask governor Gavin Newsom “to work with PG&E to ensure that they have access to all the permits necessary to keep Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant operational”.

The board’s vote came after hearing testimony from one of the authors of a recent MIT/Stanford University study that made the case for keeping the plant open until 2035. 

The study said keeping the plant open until 2035 would save $2.6bn in power system costs. It said said operating the plant for even longer – up to 2045 and beyond – would save $21bn in power system costs and  provide other benefits for land and water.

Date: Thursday, 24 February 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/county-board-supports-delaying-closure-of-california-nuclear-power-station-2-3-2022

Delaying the retirement of the Diablo Canyon nuclear power would reduce California's power sector carbon emissions, reduce reliance on gas, save billions in power system costs and bolster system reliability, according to a new report by authors from Stanford University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and LucidCatalyst. The plant could further increase its value to the state by providing multiple services including desalination and hydrogen production.

Date: Wednesday, 10 November 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Study-assesses-potential-value-of-continued-operat

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