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Californian regulators have agreed to extending the operations of the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant for an additional five years, to 2030.

Date: Wednesday, 20 December 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/State-regulators-approve-Diablo-Canyon-continued-o

Operator says it will resubmit application by end of year Diablo Canyon is California’s only operating commercial nuclear power station. The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has turned down a request from operator Pacific Gas & Electric to reopen its 2009 application to extend the operating licences of the Diablo Canyon nuclear station’s two reactors, which are to shut down in 2024 and 2025.

In October 2022, PG&E asked the NRC to resume consideration of an application initially submitted in 2009 to extend the station’s life. That application was later was withdrawn after PG&E announced plans in 2016 to shut down the reactors.

In September 2022, California legislators had voted to extend the life of the station by five years as protection against possible blackouts – provided the federal government pays much of the cost. That effectively meant the utility’s 2016 deal to close the facility could be cancelled.

The legislation said PG&E will receive a $1.4bn (€1.2bn) loan to keep Diablo Canyon operational until October 2030, but the loan is contingent upon the company receiving money from the US Department of Energy to pay the state back under a $6bn federal programme to help struggling nuclear plants.

Date: Friday, 27 January 2023
Original article: nucnet.org/news/nrc-rejects-review-of-2009-nuclear-station-operating-extension-1-4-2023

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

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