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PG&E’s Last Nuclear Plant Gets Possible California Lifeline

  • Governor’s Diablo Canyon legislation must pass by end of month
  • Passage not guaranteed as Democrats question need for plant
The Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant.
The Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant.Photographer: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images
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A bill that could keep California’s last nuclear plant open as the state transitions from fossil fuels was finally introduced late Sunday in Sacramento and now faces a difficult path to passage, as Governor Gavin Newsom tries to rally support before the current legislative session ends on Aug. 31. 

Newsom has talked since April about keeping PG&E Corp.’s Diablo Canyon nuclear plant running past its planned closure in 2025. Its steady output, the Democrat argued, will be needed to prevent blackouts as more gas-burning power plants close and renewable facilities are built to replace them.