Seal of the Governor and photo of Gavin Newsom courtesy of the Office of the Governor of the State of California.

Governor Newsom sees federal funding of nuclear plant as a limited extension

Governor Gavin Newsom issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Energy announced it has awarded $1.1 billion from the Civil Nuclear Credit Program to support a limited-term extension of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant:

“Amid intensifying climate impacts in the West and across the country, California is focused on meeting our bold climate and clean energy goals while tackling the challenges of extreme weather that puts lives at risk and strains our grid.

“This investment creates a path forward for a limited-term extension of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant to support reliability statewide and provide an onramp for more clean energy projects to come online.

“I thank the Biden-Harris Administration for this critical support and the California Legislature for moving quickly to make this award possible. I look forward to our continued work together to build a clean, affordable and reliable energy future for our state.”

In partnership with the Legislature, Governor Newsom signed a measure in September authorizing a limited-term extension of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant’s license, structured to take advantage of the opportunity for federal support while minimizing costs to California ratepayers and taxpayers. Any extension will require approvals by federal, state and local regulatory entities.

The article above was released by the Office of the Governor of the State of California.

2 Comments

  1. It is a limited extension of operation due to Newsom’s unlimited BS. Did someone tell him the state needs more electrical generation for all those electric vehicles that were mandated in 2035?

    1. We are still talking about the wrong things. Plans to “replace” energy from diablo canyon with other emission-free generation have not come to fruition in the previous six years, and there’s no indication that the next six years will be any different. Even so, why are we even considering shutting Diablo when our state relies on natural gas for a full 50% of our electricity, and imports for another 30%. We are easy hung energy crisis play out in Europe, and it’s evident that the whole continent would be better off if Germany hadn’t shut down their nuclear plants. Yet, California continues marching down the same path. We really need to get smart about this, and ditch the politics opposition to nuclear energy. Nuclear is what gives me hope for our future on this planet. It’s the only energy source that can truly help us transition off of fossil fuels. Check out more about why I think this at MothersForNuclear.org.

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