Please add your voice to our community effort to achieve legislative relief from the impact of closing the Diablo Canyon plant.
San Luis Coastal Unified School District continues to seek solutions to the loss of $8 million in annual revenue anticipated when the Diablo Canyon power plant closes. One effort was a negotiated agreement among PG&E and our school district, the cities, and the County of San Luis Obispo for a Community Impact Mitigation Plan (CIMP). This agreement would have provided $36 million to San Luis Coastal to help our transition until the former tax revenue ends. Unfortunately, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) declined to approve the agreement citing a lack of authority.
We are working closely with our legislative representatives in Sacramento to authorize and direct the CPUC to approve the CIMP. If approved, the agreement would provide $10 million as seed money for the San Luis Coastal Education Foundation and $26 million for transitional planning efforts leading up to the plant’s closure. Senator Bill Monning and Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham have co-authored SB 1090 to address this effort in the State Legislature.
As of April 20, 2018, we are pleased to know this bill has passed two Senate committees on its path toward a legislative vote. It is important that our community share with our legislators the urgent need to pass this legislation. While the mitigation money remains local, we believe asking all ratepayers to fund the plan is fair and reflects the fact that they have all benefited from the power generated by Diablo Canyon over the last four decades, but the nuclear waste will remain within our boundaries for decades to come.
We are also interested in your feedback on the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Committee to address our budgetary impacts. San Luis Coastal has scheduled six informational forums (three for staff members and three open to the community).