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Germany is shutting down it's nuclear power plants due to an undersea earthquake disaster off the coast of Japan. There was one relatively small earthquake in Germany (actually just across the border in Holland) during the 15.5 years total I lived their caused by a collapsing old coal mine. One person died when he ran out of his house and got hit on the head by one of those heavy roof tiles they use.

While earthquakes are a feature in California they knew that when they built the plant and built accordingly. Oh well there is always lots of cheap and plentiful Nat Gas from Canada and Texas delivered by pipeline to take it's place?

California is currently getting 40% of it's power from fossil fuels (Nat Gas and Coal) and will need to replace another 9% that will be lost when they close their last nuclear plant?

Why California is shutting down its last nuclear plant

Catherine Clifford 19 hrs ago

-As blackouts and flex hours roil California, the state and the local utility responsible for its last nuclear power plant, Diablo Canyon, are pushing ahead with plans to shut it down.

-This despite the fact that nuclear energy is clean carbon-free energy, and that the plant was built to operate for decades more.

-Underlying the puzzling decision is a complicated morass of local politics, utility economics, and fear.

California is not keeping up with the energy demands of its residents.

In August 2020, hundreds of thousands of California residents experienced rolling electricity blackouts during a heat wave that maxed out the state's energy grid.


On Topic: My daughter near Orinda has 40 solar panels on her roof that were included when she bought the place. They only feed power into the grid when the power is on. There is no way to use that power herself. She gets a discount on power from the grid but of course that doesn't help when the grid is turned off.

Oh, then there is smoke and soot from forest fires that builds up on the panels and blocks much of the sunlight from getting to the grid until the first seasonal rains wash it off.

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