Planned refueling outages at PG&E’s Diablo Canyon Power Plant bring about 1,000 additional people to the Central California Coast where they do more than work for several months at a time – they spend money here on housing, dining and visiting local hot spots.
The routine shutdown of one of Diablo’s two units occurs about every 18 to 20 months and is a necessary part of operations to ensure the facility continues to function safely and efficiently. One is going on right now at the nuclear plant in San Luis Obispo County.
And the workers who come in to do the plant maintenance are a multimillion benefit to coastal communities from Arroyo Grande to Pismo Beach. From restaurants to hotels, the temporary workers are good for business – and often counted on to keep local coffers healthy.
In this video story, PG&E officials and local business and community leaders talk about how the planned outages contribute to the economic vitality of the region.