“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.”
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