Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), Friends of the Earth, and other environmental and labor organizations have signed an agreement to replace the Diablo Canyon nuclear reactors with greenhouse-gas-free renewable energy, efficiency and energy storage resources.

Friends of the Earth says the deal offers a blueprint for battling climate change by replacing nuclear and fossil fuel energy with safe, clean, cost-competitive renewable energy.

According to the agreement, announced in California, PG&E will come up with plans to seek renewed operating licenses for Diablo Canyon’s two nuclear reactors. The operating licenses for these reactors are to expire in 2024 and 2025, respectively.

Apart from this, PG&E also has plans to include renewable energy up to 55% of its power generation portfolio by 2031.

The company has voluntarily exceeded the California standard of 50% renewables by 2030.

During these years, PG&E along with Friends of the Earth and other parties will seek Public Utility Commission’s approval of the plan which will help in replacing the power from the plant with renewable energy, efficiency and energy storage resources.

The group says that by setting a certain end date for the reactors, the nuclear phase out plan can provide for an orderly transition.

Friends of the Earth president Erich Pica said: "This is an historic agreement. "It sets a date for the certain end of nuclear power in California and assures replacement with clean, safe, cost-competitive, renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy storage.

It lays out an effective roadmap for a nuclear phase-out in the world’s sixth largest economy, while assuring a green energy replacement plan to make California a global leader in fighting climate change."

Diablo Canyon nuclear plant has been one of the main reasons for the formation of Friends of the Earth in 1969 in the first place.