July 10, 2023 - 

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will hold online public forums for the public to provide input about the potential extension of operations at Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant.

WHAT: The public forums will begin with a brief overview of the proceeding. The CPUC will then take comments from the public. Contact information for at least one representative from PG&E will be provided to customers during the public forums for questions concerning individual service or billing issues.

WHEN: July 25, 2023, 2 p.m. AND 6 p.m. (virtual)

WHERE: Remote access via webcast or phone for both public forums:

  • Live video broadcast with English or Spanish captions via webcast: www.adminmonitor.com/ca/cpuc
    • Participants who choose to participate via webcast will only have audio and video capabilities but will not be able to make verbal comments. If you would like to make a comment during the forum, the phone-in information is below.
    • For captions, after clicking on the name of the forum, click the green button at the bottom of the video for captions. Then select captions by clicking on the white icon next to the word “live” at the bottom of the video.
    • The forum will also be recorded and archived for future viewing.
  • Public participation phone comment line: 800-857-1917, passcode: 1767567#
    • Participants will have audio and will be able to make comments. (To make a comment, after entering the passcode, when prompted press *1, unmute your phone, and record your name.)
    • Wait times depend on the number of speakers in the public comment queue. During times of high call volumes, wait times will be longer. The operator will call on you when it is your turn to speak.

You can also make your voice heard in this proceeding, and read the comments of others, on our online Docket Card comment section for the proceeding at apps.cpuc.ca.gov/c/R2301007.

BACKGROUND: On September 2, 2022, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 846, which allows for the potential extension of operations at Diablo Canyon beyond the current retirement dates of up to five additional years under specific conditions. The first phase of the proceeding is divided into two tracks. Track 1 will consider the Diablo Canyon Independent Safety Committee funding issues. Track 2 will consider whether operations at Diablo Canyon should be extended. In addition, Track 2 will consider the development of extended operations cost recovery mechanisms and processes, whether and how to allocate the associated benefits of extended operations, and other related issues.

Diablo Canyon is located in coastal San Luis Obispo County and consists of two reactors that have been operating since 1985 (Unit 1) and 1986 (Unit 2) with a combined generation capacity of 2,240 megawatts. The Units are currently licensed by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to operate until November 1, 2024 (Unit 1) and August 26, 2025 (Unit 2).

The CPUC welcomes attendance and comments at the public forums, as public comments help the CPUC reach an informed decision. The Administrative Law Judge assigned to the proceeding is scheduled to issue a Proposed Decision in the case for consideration by the CPUC by the end of 2023.

If special accommodations are needed to attend, such as non-English or sign language interpreters, please contact the CPUC’s Public Advisor’s Office at public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov or toll-free at 866-849-8390 at least five business days in advance of the public forums.

Further information on public forums is available at www.cpuc.ca.gov/pph.

The Ruling setting the public forums is available at docs.cpuc.ca.gov/PublishedDocs/Efile/G000/M509/K105/509105368.PDF.

Documents related to this proceeding are available at apps.cpuc.ca.gov/p/R2301007.

To receive electronic updates on CPUC proceedings, sign-up for the CPUC’s free subscription service at subscribecpuc.cpuc.ca.gov.

The CPUC regulates services and utilities, protects consumers, safeguards the environment, and assures Californians’ access to safe and reliable utility infrastructure and services. For more information on the CPUC, please visit www.cpuc.ca.gov.


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