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California needs to keep the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant open to meet its climate goals

Steven Chu and Ernest Moiz, two former Secretaries of Energy under the Obama administration, write in The Los Angeles Times on the importance of Diablo Canyon and nuclear energy.

The C3 Take
  • Diablo Canyon, California’s last remaining nuclear plant, is set to close in 2025.
  • The plant provides 15% of California’s clean energy and is a crucial source of baseload energy.
  • Nuclear power is vital to reducing emissions and is safe and reliable.
  • Instead of waging a war on nuclear, regulators and policy makers should reduce barriers to unleash the deployment of nuclear power.

“The challenges here in California and globally are bigger than ever and the window of opportunity to mitigate climate change is closing fast. Extending the license of Diablo Canyon buys critical time for the innovation needed to reach net-zero emissions. An important example would be developing cost-effective long-duration electricity storage, an enabler for variable renewables at very large scale.”

Read the full article here.

The views and opinions expressed are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of C3.

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