November 10, 2014
Avila Beach, Calif.—Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today announced that Unit 2 at Diablo Canyon Power Plant safely returned to 100 percent power after a scheduled refueling and maintenance outage that began on Oct. 5. Unit 1 is safely operating at 100 percent power.
During the outage about 1,000 contract workers joined PG&E employees in performing more than 10,000 work activities, which included a refueling of Unit 2, equipment upgrades, extensive safety inspections and tests, and numerous plant improvements. More than 120,000 hours of work was safely completed in support of the continued safe, reliable and affordable operation of the clean energy facility.
"Diablo Canyon plays a leading role in helping PG&E deliver some of the nation's cleanest electricity to more than three million Californians," said PG&E Senior Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer Ed Halpin. "The work performed during planned outages is squarely in line with our commitment to provide our customers with safe, reliable and affordable power. Our refueling outages also provide a major economic boost to the region."
In a typical year, at least one of Diablo Canyon's two reactor units safely undergoes a planned refueling and maintenance outage. However, once every five years – such as in 2014 – both units are refueled due to their separate operating schedules.
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 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation's cleanest energy to 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/ and www.pge.com/en/about/newsroom/index.page.