Report: California would be OK without Diablo Canyon
BY MATT FOUNTAIN
February 20th, 2013
A report released by the agency tasked with managing and operating the state’s power grid found that Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant isn’t essential to keeping California’s electricity flowing, prompting county officials to begin envisioning a future without the plant’s economic and energy-related benefits.
On Feb. 1, the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) released its 2012-13 Transmission Plan, an evaluation of the state’s transmission grid that identifies upgrades needed to meet policy goals, and examines the grid’s reliability requirements and projects that could benefit consumers.
One section of the report studied nuclear generation backup plans. In it, the CAISO assessed the state grid’s reliability in the absence of Diablo Canyon and determined there were “no material mid- or long-term transmission system impacts” associated with the plant’s absence.
“The absence of (Diablo Canyon) appears not to have negative impact on the reliability of the ISO transmission system with the assumption that renewable generation resources would develop according to the CPUC portfolios,” the report reads.
1. I'd be ok without Diablo Canyon too. I live 30 miles from there and my favorite beach is there.
If radiation leaked from there people all up and down the Central Coast and inland could be killed.
They spent millions and millions cleaning up Union Oil Co contamination of the town of Avila Beach right next to that plant. Time to spend some more and get nuclear energy out of our lives too!