Carbon Free California Applauds Nuclear Regulatory Commission Decision Allowing Continued Operations at Diablo Canyon Power Plant

(March 2, 2023) – Today, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) granted Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E’s) request for “timely renewal protection” for the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. The ruling will allow the plant to continue providing carbon-free electricity to millions of Californians under its current license while the NRC conducts a thorough review of an application to renew the plant’s license.

 In response, Carbon Free California issued the following statement:

 “The Nuclear Regulatory Commission made the right decision. The ruling allows for the safe continued operation of the plant while providing the Commission with time to conduct a comprehensive and thorough review of the application. Diablo Canyon is California’s largest source of zero carbon electricity and can continue to serve as a vital component of the state’s transition to a 100 percent carbon-free electric grid while maintaining electric reliability.”

About Carbon Free California

Carbon Free California is funded by California-based entrepreneurs and brings together leaders from business, the environmental community, labor and the technology sector to focus on creating a pathway to a carbon-free future and securing the clean, reliable energy needed to power the world’s fifth-largest economy. Carbon Free California believes the state must pursue all forms of emission-free energy to address the climate crisis and achieve our urgent emission reduction goals. Extending the operation of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant will bolster the grid with reliable carbon-free energy and enable the state to transition to increasing shares of wind and solar power, while avoiding disruptive and costly rolling blackouts. Carbon Free California receives no funding from utility or nuclear industry interests. 

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