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Instead of selling Diablo Canyon for an estimated $5 billion to help pay wildfire liability claims, owner PG&E has been allowed to abandon the plant and charge $5 billion to ratepayers (apparently, that's what PG&E's $108,000 donation to Gov. Newsom's gubernatorial campaign buys).

From the article:

"Californians for Green Nuclear Power filed a complaint with FERC against several entities Oct. 26 with regards to the upcoming retirement of the 2.2 GW nuclear plant, and asked FERC to launch an investigation into whether shutting down Diablo Canyon violates federal reliability standards.

The group alleges in the complaint that the California Public Utilities Commission, California Independent System Operator, California State Water Resources Control Board and California State Lands Commission violated mandatory reliability standards when they approved 'the voluntary plan to retire [Diablo Canyon] in 2025 without first properly analyzing the adverse bulk electric system and adverse bulk natural gas system consequences.'

The complaint further alleges that the North American Electric Reliability Corp., which crafts and enforces the reliability standards for the bulk power system, and the Western Electricity Coordinating Council, a regional compliance authority of NERC, 'failed to conduct proper oversight or enforce NERC's reliability standards to prevent reliability standards violations caused by removing [Diablo Canyon's] 2,240 MW from the California electric grid.'"

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Gene Nelson on Oct 30, 2020

Thank you, Bob for this post. 

By using the docket number EL21-13-000 with the link below, CGNP's trio of filings  in EL21-13 dated  October 26, 2020 are available for no-cost download at: ]

- Gene Nelson, Ph.D.  CGNP Legal Assistant

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