EVC ousted from $1 million Diablo Canyon closure study

A leadership change is in the works for a study of the economic impact of the planned closure of Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant. The cost had ballooned to approximately $1 million while the state of California is in the process of creating a near-duplicate report. Read More …

U.S. Congress to consider funding for locations affected by nuclear plant closures

In similar fashion to the state of California, the United States federal government could attempt to secure funding for agencies in areas like San Luis Obispo County that are taking hits to their budgets as a result of the decommissioning of nuclear power plants. Read More …

Environmental groups allege developers planning 15,000 homes near Avila Beach

Environmental groups have uncovered an email that allegedly reveals a developer or developers’ plan to strike a deal with PG&E so they can build a 15,000-home community in Wild Cherry Canyon near Avila Beach and Diablo Canyon power plant.

If such a deal is in the works, it could violate the terms of PG&E’s Diablo Canyon closure agreement. The email also indicates one of the developers believes the current SLO County Board of Supervisors is supportive of the plan to build the new community. Read More …

Will Diablo close sooner than later

On Nov. 8, Public Utilities Commission (PUC) Administrative Law Judge Peter V. Allen rendered his recommended decision with respect to the PG&E joint proposal for the closure of Diablo to the full Public Utilities Commission Board. The Commission has the final decision making authority. It may act on Dec. 14, but it is not clear if it could hear testimony, deliberate, and render a decision in one day. Read More …

SLO County at risk of losing $85 million Diablo Canyon settlement

An administrative law judge for the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued a proposed ruling against the settlement agreement between PG&E and local government agencies over the expected closure of Diablo Canyon. The agreement that is now at risk of being overturned calls for PG&E to dole out $85 million as compensation for lost tax revenue because of the closure of the power plant. Read More …