Diablo Canyon Receives Federal Funding to Continue Operations

The US Department of Energy issued $1.1 billion in funding to support continued operations of California’s largest source of carbon-free energy

(November 21, 2022) – Today, the U.S. Department of Energy issued $1.1 billion in funding from the Civil Nuclear Credit Program to extend operation of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant for an additional five years. The funding supports legislation signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom in September to continue operation of Diablo Canyon, California’s largest source of carbon-free energy. In response, Carbon Free California issued the following statement:

“We applaud the Biden-Harris Administration, Secretary Granholm and the Department of Energy for taking this vital step to accelerate California’s transition to all zero-carbon energy by helping maintain the state’s largest carbon-free power source, Diablo Canyon. Complemented increasingly by renewable energy, Diablo Canyon will continue to reduce California’s demand for natural gas and decrease the accumulation of carbon in the atmosphere by millions of tons per year that otherwise would warm the planet for centuries.”

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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