John Woolard, CEO of Meridian Clean Energy, discusses the important role Diablo Canyon plays in a “balanced portfolio approach.”
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California has been driving America’s clean energy transition for years, but the road to net-zero is still paved with fossil fuels. Frequent extreme weather events and surging electricity demand are catalyzing the buildout of more reliable and secure clean energy. The state’s shift has largely been focused on renewable sources like solar and wind, which comprised a third of California’s average energy supply in 2021. Baseload sources of natural gas and nuclear have filled in the energy system’s intermittency gaps. Now, with California’s last nuclear power plant on the brink of closure, the state’s energy future rests on the judgment of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)—and we can’t afford any missteps.
California lawmakers have approved subsidies to keep the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant operating past a scheduled shutdown by 2025 in hopes of helping the state meet its climate change goals. California lawmakers today approved a big subsidy to keep the state’s last nuclear power plant operating. The Diablo Canyon plant on the Central Coast between San Francisco and Los Angeles was scheduled to close by 2025.
The legislature approved a proposal by Governor Gavin Newsom to keep the Diablo Canyon plant, owned by PG&E Corp., running through 2030, rather than closing as previously planned in 2025. California’s gas-fired power plants have been retiring faster than solar and wind facilities can replace them as the state fights climate change. As a result, Newsom pitched extending Diablo Canyon’s lifespan as a way to prevent blackouts during the transition.
When California voters recalled then-Gov. Gray Davis in 2003, a year after giving him a second term, they established a new political principle: Governors must, no matter what the political or financial cost, avoid power blackouts
Gov. Newsom’s announcement that his Administration would ask the California Legislature to authorize continued operation of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant was welcomed by many energy experts.
California is a global model in the fight against climate change, but the balance necessary to achieve carbon neutrality is delicate
Despite ongoing decarbonization efforts and an electric reliability crisis, California seems to be proceeding with the planned closure of the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant.
Charles Komanoff was for decades an expert witness for groups working against nuclear plants, delivering blistering critiques
Newsom told the L.A. Times editorial board Thursday that the state would seek out a share of $6 billion in federal funds meant to rescue nuclear reactors facing closure…