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Fate of Diablo Canyon Nuclear Site In Play

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The Diablo Canyon Decommissioning Engagement Panel (DCDEP) on Jan. 8 released its recommendations for the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant and surrounding lands after the plant ceases operations in 2025. The panel—created to foster open and transparent dialogue between members of the local communit...


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Bob Meinetz on Jan 11, 2019 7:33 am GMT

Although PG&E likes to portray the Diablo Canyon shutdown as a done deal, it's anything but.

In November, convinced Diablo's closure was approved by the the same Kangaroo Court which approved the shutdown of San Onofre, Californians for Green Nuclear Power took the California Public Utilties Commission to court, filing a writ petition forcing the decision to be reviewed in the California Court of Appeals. If they succeed, PG&E is back to square one - and will have to either re-apply for the shutdown, or consider keeping the carbon-free source of 9% of California electricity open.

For pro-nuclear environmentalists, who see the dirty fingerprints of California's natural gas industry all over the shutdown, the gloves have come off.

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Nathan Wilson on Jan 20, 2019 6:08 pm GMT

It's really a tragedy how California environmentalists have stood-by and even cheered as (paid-for) long lived carbon-free generation is being replaced by fossil fuel, albeit with a vague promise of a renewable replacement (i.e. any new renewable count as replacing nuclear, instead of replacing fossil fuel). 

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Bob Meinetz on Jan 21, 2019 9:19 pm GMT

Nathan, good to see you joining in the conversation here on As an engineer you provide a technical-experience counterweight to the litany of marketers, publicists, lobbyists, and entrepreneurs who post without understanding the subject they're writing about - even if their intentions are the best.

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Nathan Wilson on Jan 27, 2019 6:34 pm GMT

Thanks Bob.  The Energy made a great contribution to the clean energy discussion.  Hopefully can continue that work. 

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