AB-65 Energy: nuclear generation facilities.

Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant
Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant

Existing law prohibits the California Energy Commission (CEC) from certifying new nuclear fission power plants, unless certain conditions are met regarding the existence of technology for the construction and operation of nuclear fuel rod processing plants and of demonstrated technology or means for the disposal of high-level nuclear waste.

This bill would repeal those provisions and exempt small modular reactors (SMRs), from those provisions.

Existing law requires that eligible renewable energy resources and zero-carbon resources supply 100% of all retail sales of electricity to California end-use customers and 100% of electricity procured to serve all state agencies by December 31, 2045.

Existing law requires the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the CEC, and all other state agencies to incorporate that policy into all relevant planning.

This bill would require the CPUC, on or before January 1, 2026, to adopt a plan to increase the procurement of electricity generated from nuclear facilities and to phase out the procurement of electricity generated from natural gas facilities.

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