DOE is committed to integrity and transparency throughout the implementation of the CNC Program. A record of public comments may be found here.
In February 2022, DOE issued a notice of intent (NOI) and request for information (RFI) to assist in the development of the CNC Program. The NOI let interested parties know that DOE plans to issue a notice of applications and provided an opportunity for potential applicants to submit voluntary, non-binding expressions of interest in the CNC Program. The RFI sought input regarding the structure and execution of the CNC Program, including the certification process and eligibility criteria, invitations to submit bids for credits, and the allocation of credits.
DOE appreciates the significant public engagement on the RFI. We received more than 120 comments on the development of the CNC program. All public comments are now available online at Regulations.gov.
On June 17, 2022, DOE invited public comments on a proposed Guidance amendment for the CNC Program. We asked for feedback on whether we should revise the eligibility criteria to eliminate the requirement that a nuclear reactor applying for credits under the CNC Program not recover more than 50 percent of its cost from cost-of-service regulation or regulated contracts. We received approximately 112 comments, which are included below.
On September 30, 2022, DOE released and requested feedback on draft Guidance for award cycle 2 of the Civil Nuclear Credit Program. The draft Guidance describes the timelines, deliverables, and supporting information needed from eligible owners or operators of nuclear power reactors that are projected to shut down due to economic circumstances within the next four years to submit certification applications to become certified, and instructions on formulating and submitting sealed bids to receive credit allocations. The deadline for submitting feedback was November 4, 2022.
On July 31, 2023, DOE’s Grid Deployment Office (GDO) issued a final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Civil Nuclear Credit Program Proposed Award of Credits to Pacific Gas and Electric Company for Diablo Canyon Power Plant (DOE/EIS-0555), which assesses the potential environmental impacts of awarding credits to Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) under the Civil Nuclear Credit (CNC) Program.