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Part of Diablo Canyon shut down after ‘electrical disturbance’

Posted at 9:07 PM, Dec 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-02 02:41:02-05

A PG&E spokeswoman says that Unit 2 of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant was shut down Saturday following an ‘electrical disturbance.’ The disturbance happened on the non-nuclear side of the plant, according to PG&E.

Officials did not elaborate on what the electrical disturbance was.

Unit 1 of the power plant is operating at 55 percent power due to maintenance. The unit was reduced during the storm because of a ‘high-energy ocean swell’ event.

Unit 2 has been determined to be in ‘safe condition’ will be restored to service after the cause of the incident is fully understood, plant operators say.

The shutdown will not have any effect on the power grid or customers’ power bill, according to PG&E.

PG&E has informed the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and other state officials of the incident.