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On January 17, 2024, DOE announced the signing of the credit award and payment agreement with Pacific Gas and Electric Company to finalize terms for $1.1 billion in credit payments via the Civil Nuclear Credit (CNC) Program for the Diablo Canyon Power Plant, located near Avila Beach, California. Units 1 and 2 at the Diablo Canyon Power Plant, which provides 9% of the total California power generation, were scheduled to cease commercial operations in 2024 and 2025, but the agreement announced today supports a path forward for Diablo Canyon to continue operating.

For more information, visit the Civil Nuclear Credit Award Cycle 1 page.

On March 2, 2023, DOE released application guidance for award cycle 2 of the CNC Program. While award cycle 1 limited eligibility to owners or operators of nuclear power reactors that had announced intentions to retire within the four-year award period, award cycle 2 was open to owners or operators of nuclear reactors that are at risk of closure by the end of the four-year award period, including such reactors that ceased operations after November 15, 2021. Applications for award cycle 2 closed on May 31, 2023.

Update: On March 6, 2023, the Grid Deployment Office updated the link to the application guidance to a revised version of the document.

For more information, visit the Civil Nuclear Credit Award Cycle 2 page.

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The Department of Energy hosted two webinars about the Civil Nuclear Credit Program. This is a recording of the webinar for March 3, 2022.
Office of Nuclear Energy
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The Department of Energy hosted two webinars about the Civil Nuclear Credit Program. This is a recording of the webinar for February 28, 2022.
Office of Nuclear Energy