California Lawmakers Extend Life of Last Nuclear Power Plant

FILE – One of Pacific Gas & Electric’s Diablo Canyon Power Plant’s nuclear reactors in Avila Beach, Calif., is viewed Nov. 3, 2008. California legislators and Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office are discussing a possible compromise over the future of the state’s last operating nuclear power plant that could allow operator Pacific Gas & Electric to seek federal funds for a longer lifespan for the reactors. It’s possible a final decision on whether the Legislature supports an extended run for the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant beyond its scheduled closing by 2025 could be months away. (AP Photo/Michael A. Mariant, File)

California legislators have proposed keeping the state’s last power plant open for an additional amount of time.

The Diablo Canyon Plant was set to shut down in 2025, but could now stay open for five additional years.

The extension comes via a $1.4 billion loan for the plant’s owner, Pacific Gas & Electric.

The plant is currently the state’s largest source of electricity. California has a goal of receiving all electricity through clean and renewable sources by the year 2045.

“Maintaining operations at Diablo Canyon will keep our power on while preventing millions of tons of carbon from being released into the atmosphere,” said Isabelle Boemeke of the group Save Clean Energy. “This is a true win-win for the people of California and our planet.”

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