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For Diablo Canyon nuclear plant – the end is near?

End may be nearing for Diablo Canyon nuclear plant SF Chronicle, By David R. Baker, : November 9, 2017 California’s last nuclear power plant — Diablo Canyon — may be one step closer to closing, despite a vocal campaign to save it.

The California Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday issued a proposed decision that would approve plans by Diablo Canyon’s owner, Pacific Gas and Electric Co., to shut it down when the plant’s operating licenses expire, in 2024 and 2025.

 A majority of the commission’s five voting members must approve the plan for it to take effect. A vote could come as early as Dec. 14.

Diablo Canyon, which sits on a coastal bluff near San Luis Obispo, has been the focus of protests since long before it started operations in 1985. A maze of earthquake faults, all of them discovered after construction began, nearly surrounds the plant.

PG&E had been weighing whether to extend the plant’s federal operating licenses for another 20 years. But as it studied California’s fast-changing electricity market, which is adding renewable power at a rapid clip, the company concluded that Diablo Canyon would soon become uneconomical to run…….

November 9, 2017 - Posted by | business and costs, USA

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