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VERMONT ISO REFUSES TO ALLOW ENTERGY TO WITHDRAW FROM AUCTION

Some Vermonters may not like living with nuclear energy, but they’re sure going to have a tough time living without it.

According to a report released this week, the Vermont Independent Systems Operator refused to allow Entergy to withdraw from a 2013-2014 forward capacity auction last month because of uncertainty over the fate of Vermont Yankee.

The state legislature has already voted to veto renewal of Vermont Yankee’s operating license when it expires at the end of 2012. Although federal law usually prevails, the state entered a unique contract when Entergy bought the plant in 2002. Tritium leaks at the plant over the last year caused the legislature to take action.

As a result, Entergy tried to withdraw from the auction until it could resolve the uncertainties over the fate of Vermont Yankee. However, the ISO was having none of it. It insisted Vermont Yankee must stay in the mix. “With or without Vermont Yankee, the system in Vermont has reliability issues that must be addressed,” said Ellen Foley, an information officer for the ISO.

Since Vermont Yankee provides one-third of the state’s electricity – and makes it the nation’s lowest carbon-emitting state in the process – it’s good somebody is thinking about these things.

Read more at Brattleboro Reformer.

3 Responses to “VERMONT ISO REFUSES TO ALLOW ENTERGY TO WITHDRAW FROM AUCTION”

  1. Joffan Says:

    While the Vermont Senate would no doubt like to imagine that it has vetoed renewal on Yankee’s licence, I believe that what they actually did was vote against sending a recommendation to the PSB to approve renewal. Politically it may be close to the same thing, of course, unless the PSB asserts its independence. But I’d think that the PSB would need more justificaiton, if challenged in court over renewal refusal, than “the Senate didn’t tell us to issue a renewal”. So it’s not the end of the story by any means.

    And you should complete the ISO press release quote above attributed to Foley:
    The studies completed so far have shown that with or without Vermont Yankee, the system in Vermont has reliability issues that must be addressed; without Vermont Yankee in service, those issues are more severe and could affect neighboring areas.
    It’s not simply a matter of “there are issues anyway” – it’s more like “we have enough issues without making things drastically worse by removing Yankee”.

  2. Joffan Says:

    While the Vermont Senate would no doubt like to imagine that it has vetoed renewal on Yankee’s licence, I believe that what they actually did was vote against sending a recommendation to the PSB to approve renewal. Politically it may be close to the same thing, of course, unless the PSB asserts its independence. But I’d think that the PSB would need more justificaiton, if challenged in court over renewal refusal, than “the Senate didn’t tell us to issue a renewal”. So it’s not the end of the story by any means.

    And you should complete the ISO press release quote above attributed to Foley:
    The studies completed so far have shown that with or without Vermont Yankee, the system in Vermont has reliability issues that must be addressed; without Vermont Yankee in service, those issues are more severe and could affect neighboring areas.
    It’s not simply a matter of “there are issues anyway” – it’s more like “we have enough issues without making things drastically worse by removing Yankee”.

  3. Joffan Says:

    While the Vermont Senate would no doubt like to imagine that it has vetoed renewal on Yankee’s licence, I believe that what they actually did was vote against sending a recommendation to the PSB to approve renewal. Politically it may be close to the same thing, of course, unless the PSB asserts its independence. But I’d think that the PSB would need more justificaiton, if challenged in court over renewal refusal, than “the Senate didn’t tell us to issue a renewal”. So it’s not the end of the story by any means.

    And you should complete the ISO press release quote above attributed to Foley:
    The studies completed so far have shown that with or without Vermont Yankee, the system in Vermont has reliability issues that must be addressed; without Vermont Yankee in service, those issues are more severe and could affect neighboring areas.
    It’s not simply a matter of “there are issues anyway” – it’s more like “we have enough issues without making things drastically worse by removing Yankee”.