WE WON! DIABLO CANYON WILL STAY OPEN!
Thanks to everyone for supporting Diablo Canyon!
We are delighted to share that Governor Newsom’s bill, SB 846, extending the life of Diablo Canyon passed both houses of the California legislature almost unanimously! The Save Diablo Canyon campaign is officially over. Most of the information on this page reflects older info that is now superceded by the state’s plans to keep Diablo Canyon running for an additional five years!
The Governor, together with the California Energy Commission, CALISO, numerous elected representatives and energy experts recognized that the state is currently at great and increasing risk of not having sufficient power to meet its projected summer peak load demand. This is the situation now, even with both of Diablo Canyon’s reactors running. If the state were to shut down either or both, the certainty of blackouts and brown-outs and resultant deaths and health impacts, especially among the elderly and disadvantaged communities, would be a direct result. So, despite the 2016 agreement reached by the prior governor, Governor Newsom is unwilling to sacrifice the lives of residents for ideology.
On August 12, 2022, the CEC and CALISO hosted a public workshop to report on the findings and to elicit public comment. They welcomed the submission of written comments about Diablo Canyon and they allowed oral public comments at the end of the presentations prepared by the state’s energy planners. Hundreds of people joined this virtual workshop and made public comments and over 600 written submissions were docketed as of August 13th. The Governor’s Office then helped to sponsor legislation that would allow the state to provide as much as $1.4 billion in additional aid to support the relicensing of Diablo Canyon. The legislature needs to sign this bill into law within a few weeks, so we need to be reaching out to our representatives to urge them to approve this bill. See #1 below for more details.
Back in 2014, former Governor Jerry Brown, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and a small cabal of self-interested antinuclear groups conspired to force PG&E to agree to shutter California’s last nuclear power plant, Diablo Canyon. This was done behind closed doors without meaningful public or scientific engagement and thus failed to take due consideration of the true impacts of this closure on climate change, grid reliability or ratepayers’ pockets. Ever since, an array of alarmed environmentalists, climate scientists, academics, non-profits and pronuclear activists have been fighting that decision, which is due to take effect in 2025. Dr. Gene Nelson, with support from Californians for Green Nuclear Power, put up a staunch legal fight against the CPUC’s actions, however most of the arguments and appeals were rejected. In November, 2021, a team of experts from Stanford University and MIT released a report assessing the impact of this premature closure on the state’s decarbonization efforts. They found that the cost to California of prematurely shuttering Diablo Canyon would exceed $20 billion dollars and potentially require the seizure of as much as 90,000 acres of land for siting wind and solar plants. Following this, Dr. Nelson broke the news that the CPUC’s covert plan to replace Diablo Canyon’s power was going to come predominantly from coal power from PacifiCorp, the emissions of which would be exempted from inclusion in CPUC’s mandated emissions tally. This finding of the CPUC’s horrific planned deception on the people of California, together with the urgings of the scientific community to save Diablo Canyon, galvanized efforts to re-assess the state’s plan to destroy this multi-billion dollar clean energy asset which was (and is) providing five Hoover Dams worth of clean energy, preventing climate change and supporting grid reliability. Below are our current and prior campaigns to help protect Diablo Canyon and its clean energy.