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As part of an agreement with labor and environmental groups PG&E is proposing closure of Diablo Canyon Power Plant in 2025, after 30 years in San Luis Obispo County.

VIDEO: PG&E Chief Nuclear Officer Ed Halpin discusses the closure.

This decision is a reflection of California’s changing energy landscape; last fall, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that requires state-regulated utilities to get 50 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources, such as wind, solar and hydro by 2030.

The joint proposal with labor and leading environmental organizations would increase its investment in energy efficiency and greenhouse gas-free energy sources beyond this mandate; they have committed to a 55 percent renewable energy target in 2031.

This will create an economic hurdle for the region as PG&E is not only the largest private employer in the county but the energy company also has a profound impact on many aspects of the community.

The SLO Chamber is committed to working with PG&E and other community partners to ensure a smooth and sustainable transition for the community, employees and their families.

SLO Chamber's positions

October 17, 2016

That the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce supports comprehensive and timely independent economic analysis in order to understand the short and long term economic impacts of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant closure on our regional economy, in order to plan for and maintain the spirit and quality of life in the place we love. – SLO Chamber Executive Committee on behalf of the Board of Directors


June 23, 2016

That the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce support the extension of the California State Lands Commission lease for ocean intake and outfall at Diablo Canyon Power Plant to 2025 from 2018. – SLO Chamber Board of Directors

SLO Chamber’s letter in support of a lease extension (pdf)


May 19, 2016

That the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce support Senate Bill 968, focused on the economic impacts if the Diablo Canyon power plant were to temporarily or permanently cease operations. – SLO Chamber Board of Directors


August 20, 2015

That the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce recommends that the County of San Luis Obispo pursue a partnership with PG&E to install the infrastructure to connect the existing desalination plant at Diablo Canyon Power Plant to the Lopez Water System. – SLO Chamber Board of Directors


June 17, 2010

That the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce supports concurrent Shoreline fault studies with license renewal review of Diablo Canyon Power Plant on the condition that PG&E expeditiously complete these seismic studies. We do not support final license renewal without their completion. – SLO Chamber Board of Directors

In the news

Feb. 22, 2017
Jordan Cunningham introduces Assembly bill to explore use of Diablo desal plant (The Tribune)

Nov. 28, 2016
PG&E to pay $85 million to cities, SLO County, school district for Diablo Canyon closure (The Tribune)
Multimillion dollar agreement reached to ease impacts of Diablo Canyon closure (County of San Luis Obispo)
San Luis Coastal Unified School District and PG&E agree to Diablo settlement (San Luis Coastal Unified School District)
Coalition of cities and SLO County reach tentative Diablo Mitigation Agreement (City of San Luis Obispo)

Oct. 31, 2016
NRC to discuss potential safety violation at Diablo Canyon (Lompoc Record)

Oct. 5, 2016
PG&E promises public input before making post-Diablo land decisions (The Tribune)

Sept. 26, 2016
PG&E Responds to Public Comments on Diablo Canyon Joint Proposal (PG&E press release)

Sept. 15, 2016
Six local cities protest proposed Diablo Canyon closure plan (The Tribune)
Mayors urge CPUC to deny PG&E proposal to close Diablo Canyon (Pacific Coast Business Times)

Aug. 11, 2016
Proposal to close Diablo Canyon submitted to California Public Utilities Commission (Pacific Coast Business Times)

Aug. 10, 2016
State Lands Commission faces lawsuit over Diablo Canyon lease (The Tribune)

July 26, 2016
PG&E delays filing Diablo Canyon closure plan (The Tribune)

July 19, 2016
SLO City Council votes to explore intervening in Diablo Canyon closure (The Tribune)

July 9 , 2016
SLO County agencies want a voice in Diablo Canyon closure agreement (The Tribune)

June 28, 2016
Hundreds gather in Morro Bay for Diablo Canyon permit decisions (KSBY)
State commission renews Diablo Canyon’s cooling system lease to 2025 (The Tribune)

June 25, 2016
State to consider extending Diablo Canyon’s lease for seawater cooling system (The Tribune)
Nuclear plant shutdown in Illinois could offer lessons for SLO County (The Tribune)
PG&E CEO Tony Earley’s letter to employees on Diablo Canyon closure (The Tribune)

June 23, 2016
SLO City Council sends letter supporting Diablo Canyon lease extension
 (The Tribune)

June 22, 2016
Business leaders predict Diablo Canyon shutdown will be an economic hurdle (The Tribune)
State Lands Commission to weigh in on Diablo Canyon (KSBY)
Diablo Canyon Adds $1 Billion To Local Economy Every Year (KEYT)

June 21, 2016
PG&E agrees to close Diablo Canyon in 2025 (The Tribune)
SLO County desalination plan dries up with Diablo decision (KSBY)
Why California is shuttering its last nuclear power plant
 (The Tribune)
Diablo Canyon’s looming closure makes job creation an even greater priority (The Tribune)
SLO County, school district react to Diablo decision (KSBY)