The American Nuclear Society applauds California legislature for passing bill to support Diablo Canyon

June 30, 2022, 7:42AMPress Releases

Statement from American Nuclear Society President Steven Arndt and Executive Director/CEO Craig Piercy:

"The American Nuclear Society applauds the California State Legislature for passing legislation that, among other things, would support the option of continued operations of the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant. We thank Gov. Newsom for his support and reconsideration of the state’s decision to prematurely shutter California’s largest clean energy resource. We look forward to the signing ceremony.

California doesn’t have enough reliable electricity resources today to keep the lights on. The future loss of Diablo Canyon’s carbon-free baseload power would significantly worsen California’s energy crisis. Keeping Diablo Canyon online would shore up California’s grid reliability while avoiding increased emissions. Action is needed now to ensure Diablo Canyon’s availability in the future.

The legislation authorizes the newly created Strategic Reliability Reserve at the state Department of Water Resources to contract with utilities for preserving the option to keep power plants open that are currently slated to retire. This funding enables California to decide at a later date to reverse the slated premature closures of Diablo Canyon units 1 and 2 in 2024 and 2025.”

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Established in 1954, the American Nuclear Society is an international professional organization of engineers and scientists devoted to the peaceful applications of nuclear science and technology. Its more than 10,000 members represent government, academia, research laboratories, medical facilities, and private industry. ANS’s mission is to advance, foster, and spur the development and application of nuclear science, engineering, and technology to benefit society.


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