Economics

The issue of PG&E rates and profits continues to be a source of controversy.  PG&E is under enormous pressure to cut the costs of operation and maintenance at Diablo Canyon in order to sustain its profits,  Clearly, this situation jeopardizes safe operations.

money and nuke plant

2018 - 04 - 04 Federal Agencies Blocked in Bid to Re-Start Plan for Nuclear Waste Storage at Yucca Mountain

Trump Administration Officials at the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission recently put in a bid to shock the dead Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project back to life. The process for federal licensing of Yucca Mountain was effectively terminated more than five years ago. Last week the House of Representatives offered more than $170 Million towards the re-start of Yucca, but the Senate declined. The final appropriations bill governing federal spending for the rest of 2018 contains no funds for high level radioactive waste. See recent news report from The Exchange Monitor at https://www.exchangemonitor.com/no-yucca-money-2018-omnibus-houses-top-energy-appropriator-says/

2018 - 01 - 11 Diablo Canyon closure approved by the CPUC

In August of 2016 Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) , along with six labor and environmental groups, filed with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) a joint proposal to shut down the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant by 2025. The parties to the joint proposal were PG&E, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1245, the Coalition of California Utility Employees, Friends of the Earth, Natural Resources Defense Council, Environment California and the Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility. The CPUC made its Final Decision on the conditions of plant closure on January 11, 2018.

2017 - 11 - 08 SLOMFP comments on Proposed Decision of CPUC on Joint Proposal

On November 8, 2017, CPUC Administrative Law Judge Peter Allen issued proposed wording of a decision on PG&E's Joint Proposal for the retirement of the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant. This is not a final document, as there is a period of public comment to follow, and a meeting for final Oral Arguments by the Parties at the CPUC on November 28, 2017. Mothers for Peace members and attorney Sabrina Venskus are planning to attend that meeting.

2017 - 09-14 Mothers for Peace asks CPUC for Diablo Shut Down in 2019/2020

San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace (MFP) applauds PG&E for its decision to close the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant. However, our organization asserts that it would be in the best interests of the ratepayers and the citizens of California if the shut-down date were moved forward to 2019/2020, rather than the 2024/2025 dates proposed by PG&E.

2017 - 09-14 Mothers for Peace asks CPUC for Diablo Shut Down in 2019/2020

Statement of Mothers for Peace at the Public Utilities Commission meeting in San Luis Obispo on September 14, 2017: San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace (MFP) applauds PG&E for its decision to close the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant. However, our organization asserts that it would be in the best interests of the ratepayers and the citizens of California if the shut-down date were moved forward to 2019/2020, rather than the 2024/2025 dates proposed by PG&E.

2017 - 05 - 26 OPENING BRIEF FILED WITH CPUC BY SLOMFP REGARDING JOINT PROPOSAL FOR CLOSURE OF DIABLO CANYON

San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace (MFP) supports PG&E's proposal to shut down the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant, but strongly opposes the closure dates of 2024 and 2025 for the two units. MFP asserts that the rate-payers and the people of the State of California would be better served by closure in 2019 and 2020. The earlier closure dates lessen the amount of environmental damage and economic, safety and reliability risks.

2017 - 04 - 19 MOTHERS FOR PEACE PUSHES FOR DIABLO CLOSURE IN 2019

San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace is a party to the California Public Utilities Commission proceeding A1608006, in which Pacific Gas and Electric Company has filed its Joint Proposal to shut down Diablo in 2025 when both operating licenses will expire. Mothers for Peace contends that the plant should close in 2019, thereby avoiding problems related to safety, reliability and costs.

2017 - 1 - 27 Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility Testimony to CPUC Regarding PG&E Joint Proposal for Closure of Diablo Reactors

San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace co-sponsors Part V of the testimony of the Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility. This section asks the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to deny PG&E's request that the rate-payers reimburse PG&E the $52.7 million PG&E incurred in its pursuit of license renewal for the Diablo Canyon plant between the years 2009 - 2016. See pages 6 - 39.

2017.2.18 Close Diablo by 2019

Mothers for Peace Spokespersons Linda Seeley and Jane Swanson provide a rationale for closing Diablo Canyon by 2019. PG&E agrees with Mothers for Peace that the plant is too expensive to maintain and that California has abundant sources of renewable energy. There is no need to accept the risks of operating the two reactors until 2025 as PG&E proposes.

2017 - 1 - 27 EXPERT WITNESS ON EARTHQUAKES CALLS FOR THE SOONEST POSSIBLE CLOSURE OF DIABLO CANYON

On Friday January 27, San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace (SLOMFP) through Ojai-based attorney Sabrina Venskus submitted expert testimony to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) showing that Diablo Canyon should be closed in 2019, not 2024, because it is becoming unsafe and unreliable. One of two expert witnesses for SLOMFP is David D. Jackson, Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences at UCLA.

2017 - 1 - 2017 Mothers for Peace pushes for Diablo Closure in 2019

On Friday January 27, San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace (SLOMFP) through Ojai-based attorney Sabrina Venskus submitted expert testimony to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) showing that Diablo Canyon should be closed in 2019, not 2024, because it is becoming unsafe and unreliable. SLOMFP’s expert witness is nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen, chief engineer for Fairewinds Associates, Inc.

31-1-17 Arnie Gundersen's testimony to the CPUC

Nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds Associates, Inc., submitted testimony on behalf of Mothers for Peace in the California Public Utilities Commission case. Mothers for Peace argues for closure of Diablo Canyon in 2019 rather than 2024.

2016 - 08 - 20 RESPONSE OF SAN LUIS OBISPO MOTHERS FOR PEACE TO PG&E'S APPLICATION TO SHUT DOWN DIABLO CANYON

Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E’s) announcement on June 21, 2016, that the corporation plans to shut down Diablo Canyon in 2025 and replace its energy with renewables was a welcome surprise for San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace (MFP). PG&E agrees with MFP and other environmental organizations that the energy from Diablo is not needed and that carbon-free renewables can provide replacement power at lower cost.

2016 - 07 - 05 Mothers for Peace Will Continue to Advocate for Safety

On June 21, 2016, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced a Proposal to shut down Diablo Canyon nuclear plant at the end of its current licensing period and to bring renewables on-line. There were a number of organizations that joined with PG&E to work out this plan: International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1245, Coalition of California UtilityEmployees, Friends of the Earth, Natural Resources Defense Council, Environment California, and Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility

2016 - 06 - 21 PG&E Announces Plans to Shut Down Diablo Canyon

San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace (SLOMFP) is pleased that on June 21, 2016 Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced plans to withdraw its application for license renewal for the two reactors at Diablo Canyon nuclear plant. The current licenses expire in 2024 and 2025. PG&E’s proposal secures a date certain for the final shutdown of the last nuclear plant in the state of California. Since 2009, when PG&E submitted its license renewal application to the NRC, SLOMFP has opposed the operation of Diablo Canyon on safety and environmental grounds.

2016 - 05 - 19 Proposed Amendments to SB 968

California Senator Bill Monning has put before the California Senate SB 968. Mothers for Peace appreciates his intentions to prepare for the economic impacts of the closure of the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant in the event that it goes off-line before its current licenses expire in 2024 and 2025. However, in order to benefit the workers at the plant and the people of the central coast, we strongly suggest amendments.

2016 - 05 - 02 Carbon Fee and Dividend

San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace supports the movement to pressure Congress to pass legislation to establish a carbon fee and dividend. Such legislation would address climate change in a meaningful way.It would support sustainable energy and environmental concerns.