Legislation to Mitigate Impact of Diablo Closure Passes Off Senate Floor

May 30, 2018
(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Yesterday the California State Senate passed Senate Bill (SB) 1090 off of the Senate Floor.  The bill is a bipartisan effort authored by Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) and Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo) to aid in the mitigation of the impact of the Diablo Canyon plant closure.
 
“I want to thank my colleagues for recognizing the tremendous value of this measure to the San Luis Obispo community, region, and California,” Senator Monning said.  “This community has borne the risk of having a nuclear power plant in its backyard, and it is imperative that those with the proper expertise and training are retained until the plant shuts down.”
 
For years, Diablo Canyon has provided an emissions-free energy supply to consumers – making up 10 percent of the state’s energy portfolio.   Additionally, the plant contributes an estimated $1 billion to the economy, including thousands of jobs. 
 
“I am pleased to see the Senate give bipartisan support to SB 1090,” said Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham.  “By funding workforce retention, this bill will ensure Diablo remains open as we move toward the planned retirement.  It is important for our local economy and our entire state’s energy supply.”
 
SB 1090 calls on the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to approve elements of the Joint Proposal, as modified by the community impact mitigation settlement, which was submitted as part of the Diablo retirement application; requires the CPUC to approve the community impact mitigation settlement of $85 million; and requires the CPUC to approve full funding of the $350 million employee retention program.
 
SB 1090 is now in the Assembly Committee on Rules waiting to be assigned to a policy committee.  
 
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