PG&E to close Diablo Canyon nuclear plant

“Pacific Gas and Electric Co. will close California’s last nuclear plant, Diablo Canyon, in 2025, ending atomic energy’s more than a half-century history in the state,” as the San Francisco Chronicle is reporting.

“The move will shutter a plant whose construction on a seaside cliff surrounded by earthquake faults helped create the antinuclear movement. And yet, some conservationists have fought to keep Diablo open, arguing California needed its vast output of greenhouse gas-free electricity to fight global warming.

“As part of an agreement with several environmental groups that have long sought to shutter the plant near San Luis Obispo, PG&E will replace Diablo exclusively with electricity sources that don’t pump carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. The company also will promise to get 55 percent of its total electricity from the sun, wind and other renewable sources by 2031.

“Federal regulators had been weighing whether to extend Diablo’s operating life for another 20 years after its initial licenses expire in 2024 and 2025. But PG&E CEO Tony Earley told The Chronicle that as the company looked into California’s energy needs for the coming decades, it didn’t see a place for Diablo.”

The rest of the article is here.

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Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.
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6 Responses to PG&E to close Diablo Canyon nuclear plant

  1. Don Pelton says:

    Interesting. I couldn’t get to the sfchronicle link (RE conservationists who want to keep Diablo open) because of the paywall … but it brings to mind Stewart Brand, founder of the Whole Earth Catalog (and its offshoot, “The Well” (“Whole Earth ‘Lectronic Link”) one of the first online social media sites (wherein I hosted a conference on aging, while merely in my forties at that time! 🙂 ).

    I expect that these pro-nuke “conservationists” not only won’t go away — especially with prominent figures like Brand among them — but will probably increase in number and influence as we continue to lose the race with global warming, and all sorts of geoengineering schemes also become more tempting.

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