25 Aug '16, 4pm

Taking down a nuclear plant is hard. Just ask the people doing it at PG&E's Diablo Canyon. By me.

2016–19 PG&E will develop a decommissioning proposal for the California Public Utilities Commission that will update the cost estimate and map how to tear down the plant. A PG&E spokesperson says the company is now beginning to put together the group that will write the plan. 2018–24 PG&E will obtain 2,000 gross gigawatt hours of energy efficiency savings (a gigawatt is one billion watts) to offset the loss of Diablo Canyon. How exactly it’ll do that it’s not saying. 2019 PG&E will likely submit a license renewal application with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for storage of high-level nuclear fuel onsite. 2024–25 Units One and Two will close—no more fuel will be added to their reactors, and they’ll no longer put power on the grid. Legally, the site must be decommissioned within 60 years. PG&E could let it sit and cool for up to 50 years before beginning demolition, but...

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