Excerpts from PG&E Chief Nuclear Officer Ed Halpin’s letter:
My Diablo Canyon teammates:
Our team has been on an emotional roller coaster in regard to the future of our Diablo Canyon Power Plant (DCPP) for the last seven years. We have successfully navigated through multiple challenges only to be faced with rapidly changing electric market conditions, which have significant effects on the future need for DCPP’s safe, clean and cost-effective power. Honestly, those are difficult words for me to write down. The extensive analysis conducted by PG&E and others shows that continued load loss and the increase in renewables mandated by the state makes license extension for DCPP beyond 40 years a goal we will not achieve.
I deeply regret this outcome and its impact on all of you. DCPP has been in our community for over 50 years — from the design and construction to three decades of safe operation. Generations of families have built their lives around DCPP. It breaks my heart to be leading our nuclear program only to announce the decision to phase it out.
I have been, and always will be, concerned about the lives of our employees, their families and our community. I am grateful that we recognize the importance of retaining our DCPP team and attracting new team members. Our leadership team has worked very hard to ensure our employees are set up for success as we move ahead.
While license renewal is no longer an option that we will pursue, I am pleased with the outcome of what has been negotiated and proposed, as it supports the operation of DCPP for almost another decade and because our people and our community will be taken care of. I am hopeful key decision makers external to PG&E will also support this settlement and will recognize the importance of retaining well-qualified, engaged professionals in order to maintain a strong safety culture at DCPP. ...
Nuclear power began in California as a result of the visionary, determined and courageous employees of PG&E. The leadership of our team who dedicated their lives to serving our state is something each and every teammate who has ever had anything to do with DCPP should be proud of. You have made a difference in people’s lives by providing safe, clean, reliable and affordable power to our customers. Now it’s time for us to take the next step and help California in transitioning to a new tomorrow.