The Nuclear Regulatory Fee rejected a request Tuesday from PG&E (NYSE:PCG), the operator of California’s final nuclear energy plant, that would have smoothed the way in which to increase the working life for its twin reactors.
PG&E (PCG) requested the NRC in October to renew consideration of an utility initially submitted in 2009 to increase the lifetime of the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant, which later was withdrawn after the corporate introduced plans in 2016 to shutter the reactors.
Fearing potential vitality blackouts, Governor Gavin Newsom and the California legislature canceled the 2016 settlement to shut the plant and opened the way in which for PG&E (PCG) to hunt an extended working run from federal regulators.
However on Tuesday, NRC workers refused to return in time to renew consideration of the earlier license extension plan, saying “it will not be efficient or environment friendly” to start out the overview with out up to date info on the plant’s situation.
After the rejection, PG&E (PCG) mentioned it’ll submit a brand new utility to resume its license for 20 years – the everyday time period – by the tip of this yr.
The U.S. Division of Vitality mentioned in November it will give a $1.1B grant to assist PG&E hold the Diablo Canyon plant working.