California is open to keeping its last remaining nuclear power plant running to maintain electric reliability as it transitions away from fossil fuels, a spokesperson for Governor Gavin Newsom said on Friday. The statement marked an about-face for the state, which has been planning since 2016 to replace Diablo Canyon’s large generating capacity this decade with other carbon-free energy sources like solar, battery storage and wind. It followed a Los Angeles Times interview with the governor published on Friday in which he said the state “would be remiss” not to apply for funding under a new $6 billion federal program aimed at helping nuclear power plants stay open. read more California has a goal of producing all of its electricity from clean sources by 2045, but has faced challenges with its transition away from fossil fuels, including rolling blackouts during a summer heat wave in […]