Legislature delays VY decision

Legislature delays VY decision

There are 13 comments on the Brattleboro Reformer story from Dec 8, 2008, titled Legislature delays VY decision. In it, Brattleboro Reformer reports that:

The Legislature's anticipated vote on whether Vermont Yankee can keep operating after its current license expires in 2012 may not come this session.

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Mass Whole

Buzzards Bay, MA

#1 Dec 8, 2008
Given the growing demand for electricity and the instability of oil and natural gas prices there is no way Vermont can afford not to extend the life of this source of clean, safe, reliable power. Alot of people in the state cannot afford the double or triple cost that awaits them without this valuable resource. Like it or not, nuclear power has been proven safe and efficient.
Wind Power Blows

Little Rock, AR

#2 Dec 8, 2008
Delaying the decision causes utilities like GMP and CVPS to be in limbo in negotiating their power conracts for the future. How are these utilities going to plan when they do not know if their biggest supplier of electricity will still be in business? Are they going to sign contracts with someone else for a higher cost to ensure they have adequate power for their customers? or are they going to assume that VY will still be around and hang on until the legislature finally gets around to doing their job...It is too late for the utilities to build replacement power because building 600MW of power generating stations before 2010 just cannot be done. Especially in Vermont where everybody is against everything the utilities try to do. If VY closes down, Vermont will be in a power crisis that they made for themselves. It will be fun to watch.
Shummy is hot air

Springfield, MA

#3 Dec 8, 2008
Peter Shumlin is almost as big a hot air wind bag as Sarah Edwards. I'll laugh my tail off if this state does not vote in favor of relinceing VY then Entergy and the big gun lawyer come in and really stick it to the state in federal court. Vermont could very well find itself in the middle of a federal process for blocking interstate commerence. Maybe we can make power off the hot air coming from Sarah Edwards and Peter Shumlin?
Mike Mulligan

Roslindale, MA

#4 Dec 8, 2008
So you are saying the state has no business with regulating and enforcing travels on I 91.
Rusty Scupper

Chelsea, VT

#5 Dec 8, 2008
The Vt state political hacks are reading from the same playbook at the Stupidboro town hacks are using to get rid of C&S.

When that happens and it will sooner than later. The tax payers of stupidboro will get more than a 3% increase in their property taxes.

We regular Vters (not trustfunders or people from down country) will face electric bills heretofore unimaginable if VY is forced to close.

Not that I think that will happen anytime soon but the posers that control our state will cause VY such headaches that VY will spare no action to stay in biz.

As Shummy is Hot Air (ain't that the truth) wrote, the likelyhood of a federal court action will do nothing but cost us taxpayers a bundle while the political hacks can say "we're bringing them to their knees".

They don't care, it's not their money they're spending on the tempest in a tea pot.
John W

South Deerfield, MA

#6 Dec 8, 2008
Does anyone from VT want to weigh in on this? Maybe you could mention that VY has not been particularly reliable lately. Or that fenceline radiation has exceeded state limits for three years. Or that replacement power can be bought at competitve prices and we should plan for that now. Or that most of the 262mW that Vermonters purchase from VY could be saved with energy eficiency and conservation. Too bad some people are trying so hard to convince you that you will freeze and die in the dark when your dirty little nuke plant closes.
Rich in Brattleboro

Little Rock, AR

#7 Dec 9, 2008
Outside the tower event VY has been very reliable and continues to be very reliable. VY is an essential part of the power mix and it would not be in the best interest of Vermont to close this plant. Vermont needs to get off the fence and allow the relicensing of the plant so Entergy can start taking actions to improve the plantís performance. If you understood radiation and how it is measured and acts you would understand the fence line dose reading are not an issue. Everyone is OK.
John W

South Deerfield, MA

#8 Dec 9, 2008
Outside of the tower events, plural, and the stuck turbine stop valve, and the transformer fire, and the condenser leak that you powered down to find and could not, it has been mostly on line making electricity. Is 2% of our power mix "essential"?
Go Forward Not Back

Warwick, MA

#9 Dec 9, 2008
In delaying a decision on VY until they can get better facts, our elected representatives are doing what we elected them to do - represent us.

Keep up the good work, Senator Shumlin. You are not repeatedly re-elected for nothing.
Dr Truth

Peterborough, NH

#10 Dec 9, 2008
Obviously, the leglislature has no desire to go on record as the cause of elimminating 500 jobs in VT. It would be political suicide to do so with this economy. They are waiting and hoping for inspections to turn up the worst case scenario. In this way, they will avoid going toe to toe with the very popular Gov Douglas. They are simply protecting their jobs with this wait and see proclimation.
Mike Mulligan

Roslindale, MA

#11 Dec 9, 2008
Maybe this whole thing with VY is to take out Gov Douglas?
Merry Christmas

Peterborough, NH

#12 Dec 11, 2008
Mike Mulligan wrote:
Maybe this whole thing with VY is to take out Gov Douglas?
The anti nuclear groups already tried to eliminate Douglas from the process and they failed. Next step is to have the leglislature make the final decision. That plan has stalled under the guise of the inspection. Just more politicians covering their asses.
This will be solved in the courts, so lets get on with it.

Montpelier, VT

#13 Dec 11, 2008
VY is overall safe. It is emission free in the making of the power and it is a good overall baseload source of power. This tactic is just another typical tactic by the democratic Vermont Legislature. No wonder why business is moving out of Vermont and Unemployment is rising! Entergy probably needs to know if they are going to be able to run or if they will have to shut down so they can make their long term plans. Also, ratepayers and electric users will need to know where their power is coming from and how much it will cost them! With the economy in its current state, VY provides good paying jobs and significantly helps the Windham County economy and the state too as a whole. We can't lose this valuable asset!

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