Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) announced on Tuesday that it has submitted a license renewal application to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for the extension of operations at its Diablo Canyon Power Plant. As the largest power plant in the state of California, Diablo Canyon is a significant producer of clean energy, providing carbon-free electricity for approximately 3 million people.
In September 2022, the state of California directed PG&E to pursue the extended operations of this massive energy complex, which is located in San Luis Obispo County. Without the renewal, the current operating licenses for Units 1 and 2 would expire in 2024 and 2025, respectively.
To comply with federal regulations, PG&E’s comprehensive license renewal application includes general, environmental, and technical information about Diablo Canyon. The NRC will now review the application and determine its sufficiency. If deemed sufficient, a multiyear evaluation process will commence, during which the public will have ample opportunities to provide feedback and get involved.
The license renewal application marks a significant step for PG&E as it seeks to continue its commitment to clean energy generation and meet the energy needs of millions of Californians.