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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 That application was later was withdrawn after PG&E announced plans in 2016 to shut down the reactors.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

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

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

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