Operating California’s Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant past its 2025 license expiration would cost more than twice what many had anticipated, and significantly more than replacing it with energy efficiency and renewable resources, according to an analysis submitted today to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) by the plant owner.
Nuclear power has a powerful advocate: James Hansen, the grandfather of the climate change movement. His latest move is to step on behalf of Pacific Gas & Electric’s Diablo Canyon, which is set to retire in 2025.
While the “Three Amigos” are meeting in Ottawa to discuss ways to limit their carbon emissions, a different group of friends — or shall we say ‘adversaries’ — are meeting in California to ditch its remaining nuclear plant — that provides 8 percent of the state’s electricity and that is also carbon free.
The Department of the Interior announced a new program for utility-scale development of solar energy on public lands in six western states. The Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) outlines permitting in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah with an initial set of 17 Solar Energy Zones. If fully … Read more »