California’s final legislative session finished late Wednesday, passing to Gov. Gavin Newsom a bill to give the state’s last nuclear plant, Diablo Canyon Power Plant (DCPP), a new lease on life by extending the retirement date by several years. 

Newsom said late Wednesday the DCPP’s continued operations were “critical” in “making sure we have energy reliability going forward.”

The plant is aligned with the state’s energy and climate plans, Newsom said, “because it does not produce greenhouse gases. That energy provides baseload reliability and affordability that will complement and allow us to stack all of the green energy that we’re bringing online at record rates.” 

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