California FocusDiablo Canyon errors will cost most Californians
- Dec 6, 2022 4:58 pm GMT
The benefits to
That’s the apparent bottom line, after
The outages at the huge generating station, which when working can produce 8.5 percent of all power created in
Resulting energy losses from
The extension was Gov. Gavin Newsom’s way of providing backup electricity during heat waves when blackouts have been threatened repeatedly in recent years. But Newsom’s backup turns out to be a plant that has recently been dead weight about one-third of the time.
The entire plan, passed with little public review by the Legislature in the dying days of its 2022 session, can be seen as Newsom again rewarding
Or, it can be seen as plain stupidity. For sure, the new subsidies for Diablo’s error-caused outages are a recognition that it’s risky to count on the 40-year-old facility as an ultimate power backup.
Becker points out that most of the recent
That’s strong language, but it is backed up by PG&E’s record of the last 12 years, including a natural gas explosion that killed eight in
It’s not an enviable record, and for
It’s all part of the coddling of utilities by a long series of
That’s why Southern California Edison consumers, soon to begin subsidizing
It’s why PG&E’s corporate survival was allowed under a plan seeing customers pay multiple billions into a fund designed to pay for damages from future wildfires caused by that company.
The question now is whether extending Diablo’s life will turn out to be yet another regulatory and consumer blunder.
In the very likely event that it does,
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