Californians for Green Nuclear Power (CGNP) has assembled a persistent, dedicated and skilled team of engineers, scientists, retired public servants and interested citizens who are certain that nuclear energy is a valuable economic and environmental resource. They have invested a considerable amount of time learning the details of the technology but they have not ignored the importance of learning how to work the legal and political system.
Despite announcements by PG&E, the company that currently owns the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant, that it had achieved an agreement with antinuclear groups and the California Lands Commission to “allow” Diablo Canyon to continue operating only until the end of its initial federal licensing period, CGNP understood that the agreement included a major contingency. Before it can be made effective, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has to approve it.
The CPUC is the state agency that has a legal responsibility to represent the public interest and to ensure that electricity, among other vital utilities, is reliably delivered to state residents at a cost effective and environmentally sound manner.
Dr. Gene Nelson, a co-government liaison for CGNP, thus led an effort to file the required paperwork and provide the required justification to enable CGNP to achieve “party status” in two key CPUC proceedings that will help decide the fate of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant.
We now have a “place at the table” to argue for a fact-based approach to nuclear power in California. We will be watching for the new CPUC Proceeding regarding PG&E’s proposal to shut down DCPP in 2025 so that we may apply for Party Status for that important Proceeding. We will argue for keeping DCPP open past 2025 on many important grounds, including economical, reliable electric power in California and making actual progress on the California Legislature’s mandates to reduce emissions. It would be a great legacy for California Governor Brown to leave office in 2019 with the prospect of California taking long-term steps to reduce anthropogenic global warming.
CGNP is an independent non-profit educational organization advocating for the continued safe operation of Pacific Gas & Electric’s Diablo Canyon Power Plant since 2013. We have been recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3)