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Yucca Mountain and Vermont: Scofflaws in High Places

Yucca MountainLast week saw two court decisions that favored the nuclear industry. Both were about groups (the Vermont legislature, the NRC) that had taken actions that were illegal for them to take.The first court decision was the appeals court...

Posted August 21, 2013    

Vermont Yankee Nuclear Energy Plant Wins in Appeals Court

We have great news about Vermont Yankee: the appeals court ruled in their favor! The fight has shifted to the Vermont Public Service Board. Your input to the Vermont Public Service Board is still needed and valuable. The Appeals Court RulingOn...

Posted August 19, 2013    

Wind Energy: Curtailment by Any Other Name Would Be Ordinary

Time for an opinionated blog post about framing and word usage. Today's weasel-word: curtailment.Lowell Mountain CurtailmentWind Turbines in New ZealandDuring the recent heat wave, Lowell Mountain wind farm was "curtailed" by ISO-NE, the grid...

Posted August 7, 2013    

The Prisoner's Dilemma and New Types of Nuclear Energy Reactors

By Meredith AngwinThe Prisoner’s Dilemma is a famous example of game theory. You can look at this example in quite a few ways. I especially think of this game when I am thinking about Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactors (LFTRs) and advanced and non-...

Posted July 25, 2013    

Solar Energy: As Germany Goes, So Goes Vermont?

Guy Page By Guy Page“As Maine goes, so goes the nation,” went the political truism between 1834 and 1932, when the Pine Tree State picked the winner in almost every presidential election. When only staunch Republican (!) Vermont joined Maine in...

Posted May 9, 2013    

Offshore Wind vs Nuclear Energy for Mid-Atlantic

 AWC Schematic, from their websiteIntroduction by Meredith AngwinAtlantic Wind Connection (AWC) plans to enable the Atlantic Coast to use off-shore wind efficiently.  As their website says:The Mid-Atlantic region offers more than 60,...

Posted May 6, 2013    

Transitioning to Renewable Power: What It Might Look Like

Transitioning to Renewable Power: An Expert Describes What it Might “Look Like” By Guy PageHow many in-state, renewable power plants would it take to generate five percent of all energy used in the state?This isn’t just an academic question for...

Posted February 17, 2013    

Energy Policy is Key to Vermont's Future

Guy PageVermont has excellent prospects for strong and sustained economic growth and a high quality of life if it can fashion a more prudent energy policy.  This is a central conclusion in a recent report released by The New England Council,...

Posted January 22, 2013    

Hurricane Sandy and Nuclear Plants in the Mainstream Media

Hurricane SandyThe Main Stream PressIn my post on Friday, Fear and Facts about Nuclear Plants and Hurricanes, I quoted nuclear opponents and nuclear supporters about the hurricane's probable effects on nuclear plants. I concluded that opponents and...

Posted November 6, 2012    

High Level Waste and Legal Wrangles at Vermont Yankee

High Level Waste is a (legal) Question At Vermont Yankee Low level waste is a success story, but high level waste is a legal question at Vermont Yankee.  High level waste storage has become a central issue as the federal court case begins...

Posted October 8, 2012    

Carbon Dioxide and Nuclear Energy: The Great Divide and How to Cross It

"Cult Versus Cult" on Global WarmingThe Whole Earth CatalogWilliam Tucker, author of Terrestrial Energy,  has a provocative posting in Nuclear Townhall: When it Comes to Nuclear and Global Warming, It's Cult vs Cult.  Basically, many...

Posted July 11, 2012    

NRC and Vermont Yankee Win In Federal Court

The Vermont Department of Public Service sued the NRC, claiming that the NRC should not have issued a license extension to Vermont Yankee because the plant's water quality permits were not in order.  Today, a federal court in Washington ruled...

Posted June 27, 2012