Following word that Entergy will shut down its Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant, Entergy officials say the Indian Point nuclear plant in New York is unaffected by the closure. Indian Point opponents disagree.
Entergy announced Tuesday that it will shut down Vermont Yankee, taking it offline by the end of next year. Entergy Wholesale Commodities President Bill Mohl said the plant could neither compete against natural gas prices nor continue to bear the impacts of regulations and costs. Mohl says the decision to close Vermont Yankee, or VY, is an individual one.
New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan says now that the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant is preparing to close, the state will work with Vermont to prepare for and minimize any impacts to the electric grid and energy costs.
On Wednesday, the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court decision invalidating two Vermont laws pertaining to state oversight of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant. Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell tells North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that while many aspects of the decision were disappointing for the state, there were some important determinations in the state’s favor.
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin is expressing disagreement with a major court decision blocking the state's efforts to close the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.
Governor Shumlin, who is on vacation, issued a statement that says while Wednesday's decision from the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York blocks the Legislature's efforts to close the plant it does not halt review of the Vernon reactor's operations by the state Public Service Board. Vermont Public Service Department Deputy Commissioner Darren Springer says it is a key element in the decision.