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This week there is a key event related to the proposed closure of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant in San Luis Obispo County. The state agency with jurisdiction over utility power plants is the California Public Utilities Commission. On Thursday, the CPUC is holding two hearings in at the Luckwick Community Center in San Luis Obispo - one in the early afternoon and another in the evening - to hear public comment on the proposed closure. 

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This week Central Coast congressman Rep. Salud Carbajal is hosting a town hall meeting specifically about the announced closure of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant. The state’s last nuclear power plant - owned by Pacific Gas and Electric - is expected to close in 2025, if the California Public Utilities Commission approves PG&E's request to do so.

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Discussions this week on the proposed 2025 closure of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant took a look at the safety of having a years-long transition from full operation to shuttering of California's last nuclear power plant. The facility's Independent Safety Committee met this week in Avila Beach for a two-day session. 

PG&E fined for faulty Monterey County tower

Jun 6, 2017
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The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) this week issued a $400,000 fine to Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) for safety code violations. The citation results from the failure of a transmission tower near Moss Landing three years ago. 

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Hearings for Pacific Gas and Electric’s decommissioning plan for the Diablo Canyon Power Plant got underway Wednesday before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). In a parallel case concerning PG&E’s request to raise customer rates to cover its nuclear decommissioning costs, a CPUC administrative law judge issued a proposed decision Thursday to deny PG&E’s multi-billion dollar cost estimate for closing Diablo Canyon, reducing it by $1.4 billion. 

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Hearings start Wednesday morning in San Francisco for Pacific Gas and Electric’s request to retire the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant. PG&E representatives will go before the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to ask for permission to decommission the plant, as well as approval of a joint agreement PG&E made between San Luis Obispo County and several cities, a school district, labor unions and environmental groups.

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As of this week, PG&E customers on the Central Coast will be paying more for their electricity. Rates went up on March 1, and the estimated increase for PG&E customers is 2.1 percent a month. 

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Templeton resident Jordan Cunningham was elected to the California State Assembly in November. The Republican lawmaker represents the 35th District, which encompasses all of San Luis Obispo County and a portion of Santa Barbara County. The second bill he introduced since being elected, AB 457, calls for feasibility study on repurposing the existing desalination plant at the Diablo Canyon Power Plant as a public water supply. KCBX spoke with Cunningham in a recent phone interview about his ideas for the PG&E-owned nuclear power facility scheduled to be decommissioned starting in 2025. 

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Pacific Gas and Electric has agreed to pay out $85 million to San Luis Obispo County and several Central Coast cities and public schools to help ease the proposed closure of California's last nuclear power plant.

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Cities throughout San Luis Obispo County are officially asking the State of California for more of a say in the closure of Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant.

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A joint proposal by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) to shut down San Luis Obispo County's Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant over the next nine years has been formally filed with the state's Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). 

Diablo Canyon shut-down plan clears first hurdle

Jun 28, 2016
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The California State Lands Commission (SLC) voted unanimously Tuesday to grant a request by PG&E to operate on the state property where Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant sits through 2025. 

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Effective immediately, PG&E said Tuesday it will cease any efforts on its part to renew the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant operating licenses.

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The City of San Luis Obispo is expecting to save millions of dollars in the coming years, while cutting way back on its carbon footprint. The project responsible for these savings, is the first of its kind in the state, and is now a model for others. 

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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) announced Tuseday that it will give Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) two extra months to reevaluate Diablo Canyon's vulnerability to earthquakes.

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San Luis Obispo County is moving forward with plans to bring green energy choices to Central Coast power customers. 

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Electricity rates are going up for a majority of California residents under a new plan approved unanimously Friday by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).

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There will soon be a new source of water to fight wildfires on the Central Coast. The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Tuesday a contract with PG&E to purchase desalinated water produced out at Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant.

Supervisor Adam Hill says the plant only uses about 40 percent of its production capacity, so some of that excess water can now be used in CAL FIRE tanker trucks.

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The California State Water Board will hold a public hearing Tuesday afternoon to present studies regarding Diablo Canyon's cooling process. The hearing is informational in nature.

The state's only operating nuclear power plant currently uses a system known as once-through cooling (OTC).

PG&E is required under the Federal Clean Water Act to study alternative methods of cooling that would have less of an impact on marine life.

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Nearly 5000 PG&E customers on the Central Coast lost power this afternoon when a car collided with a utility pole on Highway 1 south of Arroyo Grande.

Power was restored to the area around 5:00 p.m. according to Grover Beach police.

The driver was trapped in her car for about 20 minutes following the crash because of live power lines, but was safely removed according to Five Cities resident Peter Klein.

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An environmental group working to shut down Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant in San Luis Obispo County is taking its argument to the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington D.C.

Diablo Canyon is the only nuclear power plant still operating in California.

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Reactor No. 2 at Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant is currently shut down for scheduled maintenance and refueling.

PG&E says it needs to bring in more than a thousand highly-trained workers to complete the process. Each of the plant's two reactors need to be refueled about every 18 months.

Similar work was performed on Unit 1 earlier this year.

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Pacific Gas and Electric Company released a report Wednesday saying Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant is seismically safe and able to withstand the largest potential earthquakes for the area.

The report was submitted to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and presented to the California Public Utilities Commission's (CPUC) Independent Peer Review Panel.

In a statement to the media, the utility included quotes from scientists that highlight the research effort.

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Diablo Canyon's Unit 2 reactor was offline Friday evening as Pacific Gas and Electric Company crews fix recently discovered problems on a couple of the unit's backup generators.

According to PG&E, the reactor was shut down Thursday night so that a couple of parts—described as fasteners or bolts—could be replaced.

Crews decided during routine maintenance that the parts were not performing properly. PG&E is required to keep two out of the unit's three backup generators in good running order at all times in case of a power outage at the plant.

Central Coast warning over PG&E phone scam

May 28, 2014

The San Luis Obispo District Attorney's office is warning Central Coast residents about a phone scam currently being reported by local businesses and law enforcement agencies.

The callers are claiming to be with PG&E and say their trying to collect on a past-due power bill.

The caller says that payment must be made by using a pre-paid Green Dot money card. PG&E issued a consumer warning two months ago regarding this same scam.

The DA's office says anytime you're asked to pay with a pre-paid cash card, consider that it might be a scam.