No schedule for the agency’s review has been set, but PG&E is asking that the proceedings conclude by June 2017. The schedule could include one or more public hearings held in either San Luis Obispo or San Francisco, where the agency is headquartered.
“Today’s joint parties filing allows for the CPUC’s open and transparent public review process to move ahead,” said Blair Jones, PG&E spokesman. “We encourage members of the public to participate in the state’s well-established process.”
On June 21, PG&E, along with a coalition of labor and environmental groups, proposed a joint plan to close Diablo Canyon when the plant’s two federally issued operating licenses expire in 2025.
The groups said the eight- to nine-year transition period will give PG&E time to replace Diablo Canyon’s energy with new greenhouse gas-free electrical generation. The utility also has promised to provide incentives to retain employees during the remainder of the plant’s operation as well as retention and retraining of a percentage of the employees for the decommissioning of the plant.
Additionally, PG&E has agreed to pay San Luis Obispo County nearly $50 million. This money is intended to offset declining property taxes through 2025 as the county develops a transition plan.
Both the county and San Luis Coastal Unified School District have voted to become intervenors in the CPUC review process. The city of San Luis Obispo is also investigating the possibility of becoming an intervenor.
Intervenors have the right to offer testimony to the CPUC and participate in hearings before that agency. PG&E is recommending that hearings be held Dec. 13 to Dec. 16 — but it is up to the CPUC to provide the final schedule.