Diablo Canyon Portal

Back in 2014, former Governor Jerry Brown and a number of environmental groups forced PG&E to agree to shutter California’s last nuclear power plant, Diablo Canyon. This was done without meaningful public engagement or due consideration for the 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. The non-profit group, Californians for Green Nuclear Power, put up a legal fight against the CPUC’s actions, however most of their 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. This analysis galvanized efforts to re-assess the state’s plan to destroy this multi-billion dollar clean energy asset which is helping to prevent climate change and providing increased grid reliability.  Below are the current campaigns and ways that you can help protect Diablo Canyon and its clean energy.

1. Sign on in support of the 79 experts’ letter to Governor Newsom

79 scientists, academics and entrepreneurs from a range of disciplines, including former Secretary of Energy and Nobel Laureate, Dr. Steven Chu, Pulitzer Prize Laureate, Richard Rhodes and reknown climate scientist, Dr. James Hansen, sent a letter to Governor Newsom explaining in great detail why the decision to prematurely close Diablo Canyon would be bad for climate and bad for California. The Climate Coalition heartily welcomes this important outreach to the governor and agrees with the contents of this letter. We have reproduced this letter here and urge everyone to add your name to this appeal. We will collect more signatures from the general public and send these additional signatures to the Governor at a later date.

Sign the Letter Urging Governor Newsom to save Diablo Canyon

2. Sign our Open Letter to Governor Newsom, thanking him for Reconsidering the closure of Diablo Canyon

On April 29, the L.A. Times published an article titled California promised to close its last nuclear plant. Now Newsom is reconsidering.  The Climate Coalition has drafted and will be sending an Open Letter to thank Governor Newsom for working to prevent the closure of the Diablo Canyon plant by applying for federal support funds through the DOE’s new Civil Nuclear Credit program.  We are urging everyone to sign your support of this draft open letter, which allows you to add an additional comment.

Petition to save Diablo Canyon:  Be an early signatory and/or provide edits.

3. Petition to Governor Newsom, the California Legislature and the CPUC

The Climate Coalition has prepared a state-wide petition to circulate to send to Governor Newsom, the California Legislature and CPUC to SAVE CLEAN ENERGY from DIABLO CANYON.  Closing Diablo Canyon before we have eliminated the dirty energy that is causing climate makes no sense whatsoever. California needs to reverse the decision to shutter clean Diablo Canyon before all sources of dirty emissions have been shuttered.  This petition is being held for the time being, as we follow the news about Newsom’s efforts to apply for CNC funds to keep Diablo Canyon running. Nevertheless, we are welcoming early signatures and comments on the current draft, which is likely to evolve.  We could also use your help when we are ready to circulate this petition.

Petition to save Diablo Canyon:  Be an early signatory and/or provide edits.

4. Legal Defense of Diablo Canyon & Opposition to CPUC’s plan to fill in with Coal Power

Independent, non-profit intervenor, Californians for Green Nuclear Power (CGNP) has been waging a legal battle to save Diablo Canyon for years. They have funded and volunteered hundreds of hours of time filing briefs in the interests of the environment, ratepayers and public safety, while being met by a wall of denial, obstruction and obfuscation from state and federal agencies.  The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has claimed that Diablo Canyon’s clean energy will be replaced with other sources of clean energy. The CPUC’s recent procurement order shows that the state will need an additional 11,500 megawatts of energy by 2026, an enormous amount which includes the amount required to replace Diablo Canyon’s lost clean energy.  It turns out they have no choice but to replace Diablo Canyon with energy from burning coal.

As Dr. Gene Nelson, CGNP’s senior legal researcher explained in an OpEd, in order to meet this energy demand, the state plans to allow “Unspecified Energy Imports” from out of state to meet the 2026 shortfall,” as a document filed by the California Independent System Operator in 2020 states. In fact, the CPUC’s references to “unspecified imports” is a California legal euphemism that mostly applies to out-of-state coal-fired generation, likely provided by PacifiCorp.  This subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy (BHE) owns several coal and natural gas plants in the West and is constructing an Energy Gateway transmission project that will link to California. There is already a transmission line in southern Nevada that links to a Southern California Edison substation, providing access to the California grid.

Despite a 2006 California law (SB 1368) that sets an emission standard for power provided to California, PacifiCorp obtained an exemption due to its “small footprint” in California. Furthermore, the CPUC allows a legal loophole that enables them to avoid reporting on the emissions from out-of-state power generation.  Governor Brown vetoed a bill that would have required CALISO to provide disclosure of Energy Content.  It thus appears that the CPUC is acquiescing to Diablo Canyon’s closure, knowing that the energy will be replaced by dirty coal and that those emissions can be deceitfully omitted from inclusion under SB 1368. CGNP is now waging a battle to bring this emission loophole to the attention of the public. CPUC commissioners, as well as those of the California Energy Commission and the California Independent System Operator (CASIO) Board of Governors are all appointed by Gov. Gavin Newsom. Yet they appear willing to let such a detrimental solution be used, which is contrary to what California’s laws and public demand.  CGNP continues to wage a legal and PR battle on behalf of California’s residents. They welcome both financial and research support. Please contact Government@CGNP.org for more information on how you can help.

Legal Acttions in process to defend Diablo Canyon:  Help CGNP maintain their legal challenges to the CPUC’s decision.

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PAST ACTIONS

Save Diablo Poll

The San Luis Obispo paper ran an article with a review of the MIT and Stanford report which was released in November, 2021 showing the benefits of continued operation of Diablo Canyon. They provided a very clear overview of the issues as described in the study.  The publishers of the article decided to field an informal poll at the bottom of this article asking readers if they think Diablo should remain open or be closed. Contrary to what many people would suspect, 94% of those who answered the poll, totalling over 550 respondents, voted to keep the plant running!  5% supported closing the plant and only 1% didn’t know.  This reflects the changing attitudes about the role of nuclear energy in efforts to decarbonize the grid.

Help Support Diablo Canyon:  Read the article and take this poll to show support for keeping Diablo open.

Save Clean Energy Rally | Dec. 4th, 2021

Following the release by MIT and Stanford of a report showing the benefits of continued operation of Diablo Canyon, several local politicians and many environmental and clean energy groups have come together to keep the momentum going. We are holding a rally on December 4th in San Luis Obispo to show California and Governor Newsom that Californians support clean nuclear energy and keeping Diablo Canyon working for us. We invite everyone to join us to SAVE CLEAN ENERGY! Let’s make this the BIGGEST rally in favor of nuclear power in California’s history! We need your help. Let’s make our voices heard and save the world together!  RSVP here to let us know you’ll be there!

Date: Saturday, December 4th, 11:00 am
Meet at: 1050 Monterey Street, the SLO County Government Center (across from Fremont Theater), San Luis Obispo, CA
Featuring:  Musical performances, Engaging speakers, Pizza and drinks. and lots of
Media!

For more info: www.savecleanenergy.com
If you are coming from another city and are bringing a group, email lets@savecleanenergy.com to request help with transportation.

RSVP here and see you on December 4th!

Date: Saturday, December 4th, 11:00 am
Meet at: 1050 Monterey Street, the SLO County Government Center, San Luis Obispo, CA
Featuring:  Musical performances, Engaging speakers, Pizza and drinks. and lots of Media!
More info at: www.savecleanenergy.com)
Email: lets@savecleanenergy.com for help with transportation.

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