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Thursday, July 15, 2010

NRC Chairman at Vermont Yankee

The Brattleboro Reformer has been doing a bang-up job of covering all angles of the Vermont Yankee stew that's brewing up in Vermont .. so here is a hot link to today's report by that fine paper.

I myself keep bringing the Vermont Yankee story up because it's really the most "down to the wire" of the stories surrounding operating plants that would need renewals or extensions and are right up against deadlines. Or that have a bunch of numbskull interference by witless politicians (are you getting this, Vermont legislature?) It's been pointed out in a few places and certainly on this blog that Vermont would lose about one third of its generating capacity if Vermont Yankee closed; it would then have to rely on power from elsewhere and be subject not only to external rate setting but very likely increased outages. Is that smart? Would higher rates and lower reliability cause industry and business to move into, or out of, Vermont? We'll see.

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