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PG&E, joint parties won't seek CPUC rehearing on Diablo Canyon closure agreement

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After the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) last month denied a request for $85 million to be paid to San Luis Obispo County, cities, and a local school district as part of the plan to close Diablo Canyon Power Plant, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) says the company and joint parties will not seek a rehearing on the matter.

PG&E says it will also withdraw its license renewal application with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

PG&E plans to close Unit 1 of the nuclear power plant by 2024 and Unit 2 by 2025.

The $85 million was intended to partially offset lost tax dollars and job cuts resulting from the closure. The CPUC said the company could not use ratepayer money for the payment unless it received "express legislative authorization."

PG&E says it would support potential state legislation to allow the payment.

The CPUC did approve PG&E's overall proposal to close the plant, including a plan to recover $211.3 million in rates to pay for employee retention and $11.3 million for worker retraining.

PG&E says it is now moving ahead with plans to establish a community engagement panel to provide input and disseminate information to the community about the power plant's decommissioning plan. The panel will reportedly look at the future use of the power plant site and the land that surrounds it.

The joint parties include the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1245, Coalition of California Utility Employees, Friends of the Earth, Natural Resources Defense Council, Environment California, California Energy Efficiency Industry Council, and Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility.

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