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NRC grants exemption for PG&E to operate Diablo Canyon nuclear plant during license renewal review

Stephen Singer of UtilityDive reports on Diablo Canyon’s relicensing process.

The C3 Take
  • The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has authorized PG&E to continue operating Diablo Canyon as it considers extending the plant’s license.
  • Diablo Canyon produces 2,240 MW of carbon-free energy and is crucial to providing reliable power to California’s grid.
  • California state lawmakers could further their energy security and carbon reduction goals by lifting the state’s moratorium on new nuclear power projects.

“The nuclear power plant supplies about 17% of California’s zero-carbon electricity and 9% of its total electricity, according to the California Energy Commission. On Tuesday it approved a resolution that ‘the state’s electricity forecasts for the calendar years 2024 to 2030, inclusive, show potential for reliability deficiencies if the Diablo Canyon power plant operation is not extended beyond 2025.'”

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