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The past is mostly known, but the future is generally unpredictable. The latter is true even under the best of circumstances, but our path recently has become increasingly unstable. This is primarily due to alterations in our environment caused by human-actions.

California is aggressively attempting to mitigate one of the alterations: climate change. Because our state’s goals are very audacious, any obstacles that appear in our path require us to adjust. Although we have met all major climate-related goals to date, as challenges appear, wise project/program managers will develop contingency plans, which is exactly what my state is doing. This paper will lay out the obstacles we have encountered in the last few years, and a few contingency plans that we have begun to define.

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John Benson on Sep 1, 2022

It appears that California will delay the closing of Diablo Canyon for five years. See the article linked below, and also see subsection 3.2 in this post.

-John

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Matt Chester on Sep 1, 2022

What do you think the odds are that 5 years is actually 5 years until closure, or is it kicking the can down the five years and potentially likely to be delayed once again as that 5 years comes to a close? 

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John Benson on Sep 1, 2022

Thanks for the question, Matt.

I thought about this as I was writing it, but one reason that it is being pushed out now (it's pretty much a done deal) is so PG&E (et al) can apply for the federal funding mentioned in the above-linked "goat" article.

1.6 billion does not sound like enough to convert Diablo Canyon from once-through cooling to recycled cooling, based on this post, but there may be other sources of funding. 

I believe that five years would solve the immediate problem, in that there is much more PV + Wind (especially offshore) + storage in the pipeline that should meet our current needs, but who knows what else might happen.

Also, I don't know what else in Diablo will need to be fixed in future years. SONGS (San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station) was forced to shut down when a major upgrade went really bad.

-John

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