Grimes is not happy that Calif. is closing its last nuclear plant

In addition to being a singer, songwriter and the former partner of Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Grimes is also evidently a California energy policy enthusiast.

OK, that last part may be a bit of an overstatement, but she certainly has some thoughts on nuclear power and PG&E’s decision to shutter the Diablo Canyon Power Plant in San Luis Obispo County, which the last nuclear power plant in the state.

Appearing in a video posted to Twitter by nuclear power influencer Isabelle Boemeke, Grimes advocated for keeping the plant open. PG&E announced plans to close the plant in 2016, and the California Public Utilities Commission approved those plans in 2018. Under that plan, the plant will close in 2025.

“California is in an energy and climate crisis, and closing Diablo Canyon will make us reliant on fossil fuels,” Grimes says in the video. “This will push the state backwards instead of forwards in its goal to become 100% reliant on clean energy.”

She continues, “If we push the closure back by a decade, it will help the state decarbonize faster, and make the transition to clean energy faster and cheaper. This is crisis mode and we should be using all the tools we have, especially the ones sitting right here in front of us.”

Pushing the closure back by a decade was recommended by a Stanford and MIT study, and echoed by local lawmakers.

“There is a serious risk that we will not be able meet our emission reduction targets while maintaining grid reliability without Diablo Canyon,” two San Luis Obispo area lawmakers wrote in a recent op-ed. “Merely replacing the clean power we lose from the plant will require 90,000 acres of development of renewable resources, even as the siting of new renewable energy plants and associated transmission have proven slow to develop and face substantial opposition. Keeping Diablo Canyon online would guard against these risks, and, if additional renewables are brought online, dramatically accelerate carbon reductions.”

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