Entergy Announces That Vermont Yankee Will Close in October 2014
Last week's announcement that Vermont Yankee would close was not expected by most people at the power plant. It was unexpected here at the Energy Education Project, too. In announcing the closing, Entergy said that the decision was based on plant economics. A major reason was that low natural gas prices dominating the grid.
The plant closing will change the future of energy production in Vermont, hurt the economy of Vermont, and devastate the economy of Windham County. There will be a lot more to say about this closing in the future.
For now, we will link to some relevant comments:
John McClaughry: Shumlin's Unlikely Olive Branch to Entergy
Meredith Angwin: Questions I Frequently Ask Myself About Vermont Yankee Closure
Tim McQuiston: Vermont Yankee Decommissioning Dilemma
Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Vermont Yankee
Vermont legislators were attempting to shut Vermont Yankee on the basis of radiological safety, which is regulated by the federal government, not the states. The Appeals Court upheld the District Court ruling: Vermont cannot legislature nuclear safety. You can read the ruling here.
Meredith Angwin of the Energy Education Project was one of the people discussing the ruling in an interview with Pat Bradley of WAMC Plattsburgh. You can listen to the four-minute radio segment here.
Angwin's post about the ruling was syndicated on the prestigious blog The Energy Collective.
On the radio segment, Angwin wondered whether the Public Service Board will look at the economics of Vermont Yankee, or whether it will listen to the anti-Vermont Yankee charge being led by the Shumlin appointees at the state Department of Public Service.
On the same segment, Cheryl Hanna of Vermont Law School said the appeal court decision was no surprise. (Hanna had written an article predicting this outcome, right after the hearings in January.) Hanna also said that whoever wins at the Public Service Board, the other side will almost undoubtedly appeal the decision to the Vermont courts.
Thorium Reactors for the Energy Future
Molten salt reactors with thorium fuel may become the best source of nuclear power for the future. John McClaughry authored two recent reviews about the promise of these types of reactors. (Note: McClaughry was a nuclear engineer before his political and policy career.)
Vermont's Energy Future
Ethan Allen Institute commentaries on energy issues
- Key Court Ruling Issued in Vermont Yankee Case | WAMC
WAMC interview with Angwin, Hanna, and plant opponents
- Nuclear Power Plant and Appeals Court Ruling | The Energy Collective
Vermont Yankee wins in federal appeals court.
- Column: Lawyers Can’t Rescue a Weak Case | Valley News
- Electricity Costs Rise in New England, Which Relies on Natural Gas - NYTimes.com
- In Federal Appeals Court, Vermont Presents Backwards Economic Arguments | ANS Nuclear Cafe
- Yes Vermont Yankee: Buy Local and Help Your Community: Guest Post by Kenyon Webber
- Financial Firm Predicts Closure of Vermont Yankee | WAMC
- Radiation Information Network
- Meredith Angwin and Howard Shaffer Receive American Nuclear Society Presidential Citations | ANS Nuclear Cafe
- Save Vermont Yankee
- ANS / Publications / Magazines / Nuclear News
American Nuclear Society Cover Story on Energy Education Project
Vermont Yankee nuclear plant
Citizens of Vermont must make very important choices about energy. To ensure a prosperous and environmentally sound future for Vermont, we must make choices that are informed and realistic.
The Energy Education Project is part of the Ethan Allen Institute. The Project provides reliable and unbiased information about energy in Vermont.
Two energy issues are currently before the people of Vermont.
The future of Vermont Yankee
The Comprehensive Energy Plan and its implementation
Vermont Yankee is currently tied up in several court cases. We have many of the important documents linked to pages on this website: Dockets for Public Service Board and Courts.
The land use implications of the Comprehensive Energy Plan may be unacceptable to Vermont, but have not been studied. We are preparing a white paper on the subject. Meanwhile, we recommend a recent article by Guy Page, now posted at The Energy Collective. Transitioning to Renewable Power: An Expert Describes What It Might Look Like.
Save Vermont Yankee Facebook Page
Meredith Angwin and Howard Shaffer were administrators of a Facebook Group called Save Vermont Yankee. However, Facebook is phasing out certain Groups, and recommending that Pages be made instead. The new Save Vermont Yankee Facebook Page is up and very active! We hope you Like it! (small pun)
FAQ's about Vermont Yankee
Now that the NRC has renewed Vermont Yankee's license for twenty more years, the focus for the future is on the decisions of the people in Vermont.
We are pleased to present an important new document about Vermont Yankee, written by Richard Schmidt, a nuclear engineer, and edited by George Angwin. FAQs about Vermont Yankee includes information about
-nuclear power advantages and disadvantages
- what types of power are most likely to replace Vermont Yankee if it closes
Information on Vermont Yankee
The Joint Fiscal Committee of the Vermont Legislature keeps this somewhat incomplete list of official Vermont Yankee documents. The base document does not appear on that website at this time, but you can download it here: the Memorandum of Understanding that was agreed upon when Entergy purchased the power plant in 2002. The Public Service Board website on their dockets is out of date. Jeffrey Tranen's testimony in favor of Vermont Yankee was filed in June 2012 but is not yet on the public website. (Warning: Tranen's testimony is a long pdf and may be slow to download.)
History of recent legislative votes concerning Vermont Yankee (relicensing, decommissioning, etc.)