Vermont Yankee Study Identifies Major Environmental and Economic Benefits

first_imgVermont Yankee Study Identifies MajorEnvironmental and Economic BenefitsVermont Energy Partnership Urges Policy Makers andthe Public to Review Independent Expert’s FindingsMontpelier, VT/November 17, 2008 – An independent assessment of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant finds that the facility provides major economic and environmental benefits to Vermont and that the consequences of closing it would be significant. In addition, the only potential solution to replace all or the vast majority of its power near term is to construct a combined cycle natural gas plant.The effects of such a plant and the loss of Vermont Yankee include:* Statewide average retail electric prices are estimated to increase by 19 to 39 percent.* Without Vermont Yankee’s power, carbon dioxide emissions, from all sources statewide, would likely increase by two million tons annually, a 100 fold or 10,000 percent increase.* Emissions of nitric oxide, a toxic substance which causes the weakening of the earth’s ozone layer, would increase by 550 tons, a twofold increase from current levels.* The potential costs to Vermonters stemming from the need for pollution allowances could exceed $60 million annually for carbon dioxide and $3 million for nitric oxide. These costs would be in addition to the retail price increases.* The loss of Vermont Yankee would deprive the Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund $4-$7 million per year.The study’s author is Dr. Howard Axelrod, president and founder of Energy Strategies, Inc. of Albany, New York. Dr. Axelrod has been a management consultant for over 25 years and has been engaged by a wide range of energy clients, state and federal regulatory agencies, and large industrial users of energy.Dr. Axelrod evaluated various alternatives to Vermont Yankee and the feasibility of having these power sources online by March 2012, when Vermont Yankee’s current license expires.With respect to renewable resources, Dr. Axelrod found, “There is no question that wind energy and other renewable resources will play a vital role in meeting Vermont’s growing energy needs. However, it is highly unrealistic to assume that between the end of 2009 when the NRC [U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission] is expected to rule on the Vermont Yankee relicensing application, and 2012, when the original operating license expires, Vermont could add the necessary magnitude of renewable generation.”In fact, there are formidable challenges to bringing large amounts of renewable power online, especially near term. Dr. Axelrod’s study found the following.* Wind power. “To replace Vermont Yankee …. with an equivalent number of wind-derived electricity would require the installation of more than 1,500 wind generators. Given that the largest wind farms install only a few hundred generators, the addition of 1,500 generations with the associated transmission lines needed to connect to the Vermont network, 2012 is an unrealistic completion date.”* Solar. “The equivalent number of solar collectors (to replace Vermont Yankee) would require over 2,000 acres of dedicated space just for the solar collectors. To maximize exposure to the sun, an untold amount of land will have to be cleared in order to capture as much sun energy as possible.”* Wood. “The amount of wood and waste wood materials needed to produce the same amounts of electricity as from Vermont Yankee would exceed two million tons of bond-dry wood per year … a Vermont Yankee biofuel replacement would require over 200,000 acres of woodlands to be cultivated each year, which represents nearly five percent of Vermont total geographic space.”Dr. Axelrod does find, “There is one alternative to Vermont Yankee that might meet the tight time schedule, namely the installation of 620 MW (megawatts) of combined cycle gas turbines (CCGT).”He adds, “Unfortunately, CCGTs require large volumes of natural gas and will produce significantly more nitric oxide and carbon dioxide, the latter a major source of global warming. From a cost perspective, a new CCGT will be twice as expensive and significantly more uncertain as the price of natural gas represents more than 70 percent of a CCGT’s operating costs.”Dr. Axelrod emphasized, “It should not be misconstrued, solar, wind and biofuels can and should all contribute to Vermont’s portfolio of energy resources, but to assume that 620 MW of Vermont Yankee power can be replaced by 2013 is unrealistic.”In fact, the expanded use of renewable electricity power sources longer term will help reduce Vermont’s carbon footprint further. Currently, automobiles account for 46 percent of the state’s carbon footprint, almost twice the national average of 25 percent. With the electrification of automobiles expected to become more popular in the near future, there will be even more need for clean sources of electricity.Commenting on the study, Brad Ferland, President of the Vermont Energy Partnership said, “There are many intriguing findings in this study that should be part of the discussion not only about Vermont Yankee but of Vermont’s overall energy future. At a time when it is critical to keep and expand clean sources of power, Vermont Yankee has a paramount role to play in Vermont’s energy and economic infrastructure. We look forward to discussing the findings and ramifications with policy makers.”Jennifer Clancy, an environmentalist and board member of the Vermont Energy Partnership said, “While there is no silver bullet to Vermont’s vast and growing energy challenges, a combination of Vermont Yankee and expanded use of renewable sources are central to the state’s energy future. This report shows the respective roles, and time frame, that these sources can and should play in the coming years.”To view a full copy of the study, “An Independent Assessment of the Environmental and Economic Impacts Associated with the Closing of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant,” visit www.vtep.org(link is external). For more information on Energy Strategies, Inc. visit www.energystrategiesinc.com(link is external) .The Vermont Energy Partnership (www.vtep.org(link is external)) is a diverse group of more than 95 business, labor, and community leaders committed to finding clean, affordable and reliable electricity solutions. Its mission is to educate policy makers, the media, businesses, and the general public about why electricity is imperative for prosperity, and about the optimal solutions to preserve and expand our electricity network. Entergy, owner of Vermont Yankee, is a member of the Vermont Energy Partnership.last_img read more

Cricket News Indian cricket team has great fun in Australia and New Zealand– Thanks to Chahal TV

first_imghighlights Yuzvendra Chahal has launched a channel Chahal TV on the BCCI website.Chahal has had guests like Kuldeep Yadav, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.India won ODI series in Australia and won the first ODI in Napier. The social connection that the current Indian team is establishing on the tours of Australia and New Zealand will certainly warm the hearts of the Indian cricket fan. New Delhi: The Indian cricket team is having a gala time on the field in their tours of Australia and New Zealand. In Australia, they won the Test and ODI series for the first time while in New Zealand, they steamrolled Kane Williamson’s side by eight wickets in Napier to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. The fun on the field is spilling out off the field as well. Virat Kohli’s side is having plenty of fun and it is making plenty of waves on social media. However, one particular aspect has given this side a comical twist. Yuzvendra Chahal, the India legspinner, has launched Chahal TV, a channel run by the official website of the BCCI following India’s win in the Adelaide ODI in which Kohli scored a century.The first person to make his debut on Chahal TV was none other than Kohli. The format of the show, anchored by Chahal, focuses on some fun questions with each video lasting in the range of two to five minutes. After Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Kedar Jadhav came on the show while another episode focused on backstage heroes. In this episode, Chahal paid tribute to the backroom staff who helped the Indian players immensely in their fitness. On the fifth episode of Chahal TV, the Haryana legspinner had a fun conversation with fellow legspinner Kuldeep Yadav in an episode titled KulCha. In this episode, he asked about Kuldeep’s experience in playing in New Zealand for the first time. When Chahal was asked as to how does Kuldeep feel when either one of them are not selected in the side, Kuldeep answered, “The understanding that we have is something that we miss. It is important to have a good bond. It is not always that we bowl in tandem. The talk that we have is something I miss.” For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Apart from Chahal TV, the Indian cricket team is having fun in their journey in New Zealand. Kuldeep Yadav posted photos on his Twitter handle with the side enroute to Tauranga, the place for the next ODI which will be played at Mount Maunganui in Bay Oval. As they reached Bay Oval, the BCCI posted a photo of the Indian side getting a traditional Maori welcome.last_img read more

Rain impacts fireworks in Clear Lake, Charles City, Northwood

first_imgCLEAR LAKE — Rain had an impact on fireworks displays around the area last night. Clear Lake, Charles City, and Northwood are among the communities that had their fireworks rained out .Clear Lake and Charles City will try again tonight at 10 o’clock. Northwood will have theirs on Saturday night at 10:00 PM.last_img

Cause of death and suspect info released for April 4th Fairbanks murder

first_imgFairbanks Police Department commander’s Dodge Charger. (Flickr Creative Commons photo by Steven H. Robinson)Fairbanks Police have released more information about an April 4th murder. 44-year-old Jose Alfonso Sifuentes Morales was found dead just after midnight on the road in the area of 3rd Avenue and Hall Street. No other information had been released until a press briefing Wednesday, during which Detective Peyton Meredith revealed cause of death.Listen now”An autopsy confirmed, a couple days after the homicide, that Mr. Fuentes died as a result of a gunshot wound,” Meredith said.Detective Meredith also played a video of a person of interest in the homicide walking across a parking lot, and asked for the public’s help identifying him.”Surveillance video captured this unknown person that we’re looking to identify walking with Mr. Fuentes prior to the homicide,” Meredith said. “This video was captured from an undisclosed business on the Old Steese Highway. The individual appears to be wearing a jacket with a hood, a ball cap and pants that have some sort of reflective striping on the bottom of both legs. The video has been forwarded to the FBI for enhancement.”Police have posted the video online, and Meredith encouraged the public to view it carefully.”If the person in this video looks familiar just from their height, their size, the way they walk, the clothes they were wearing, something about somebody doing something peculiar the night of the third into the morning of the fourth or something somebody said after, and you think it could be the person in this video, please call 911; call the Fairbanks Police Department investigation division,” Meredith said.Meredith also shared an image of a white Chevrolet Impala sedan spotted in the area around the time of the murder. Police want to talk to the occupants of the car, in case something they saw could aid the investigation. Detective Meredith thanked businesses that have provided surveillance video, and requested anyone else with footage shot in in the area of the murder, to share it with police.”If you were driving around town as a private person with a GoPro going, filming stuff that night with a phone, please contact us. Let us look at your video. Don’t rule it out yourself. Let us look at it to see if there’s anything relevant on there or not.”Police Chief Eric Jewkes said there’s so far no known connection between the April 4th murder and that of another unsolved killing, in which 35-year-old Carlos Lamar Battle was found dead at the Alaska Motor Inn this past Sunday.last_img read more