May 31, 2014
AVILA BEACH, Calif.— Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) safely took Diablo Canyon Power Plant Unit 1 offline today to perform scheduled maintenance on electrical equipment located on the non-nuclear side of the plant. Unit 2 continues to operate at full power.
During the planned outage plant personnel will perform a cleaning of the unit's lightning arrestors. The equipment is located outside of the main facility and supports moving power to the state's electric grid. The work can only be performed safely when electricity is not being generated.
Unit 1 will be returned to full power following completion of the work. Similar maintenance is planned for Unit 2 in June.
About Diablo Canyon Power Plant
Diablo Canyon Power Plant is a nuclear power facility owned and operated by PG&E. Its two units together produce approximately 2,300 net megawatts of carbon-free power. It provides nearly 10 percent of all electricity generated in California, and enough energy to meet the needs of more than three million Northern and Central Californians. Diablo Canyon has a $920 million annual local economic impact and is the largest private employer in San Luis Obispo County.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation's cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/ and http://www.pge.com/about/newsroom/.