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Vermont Yankee — Hanging by a Thread
by Sandy Levine

The past few weeks have not been kind to Vermont Yankee or its owners. Investment analysts continue to raise doubts about Yankee’s economic future. It is costing more to run the plant and its future looks bleak. In Vermont, hearings began last week before the Public Service Board on whether state approval should be granted.…

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Super Bowl Outage and Vermont Yankee
by Sandy Levine

Keeping the lights on shouldn’t be this difficult. The response by Entergy to the outage at the Super Bowl is very reminiscent of the responses by Entergy to the many problems at its Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. It boils down to a piece of equipment failed and the power went out. A repeated problem at…

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Improving Travel – Post Circ Highway
by Sandy Levine

Vermont keeps working on better ways for people and goods to get where they need to go. The threats from climate change and the high cost of maintaining our travel ways mean we need to be smarter and greener. In 2011 Vermont’s Governor Peter Shumlin announced that the Circ Highway – an expensive, polluting and…

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Tar Sands in Vermont? No Way!
by Sandy Levine

I joined with residents of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom today and fellow environmental colleagues to protect Vermont from the devastation of tar sands oil. We filed a legal action to ensure Vermonters have a say over any proposal to move tar sands through Vermont. See press release here. The request asks that the increasingly imminent proposal to move tar sands through an…

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The Time is Right for Affordable Heat
by Sandy Levine

Vermont is poised to take a big bite out of the high cost and pollution of heating our homes and businesses. Slashing a full one-quarter of both lies within our reach. Over the past decade, the cost Vermonters pay for staying warm has more than doubled. This strains our pocketbooks, our environment, our health and…

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The Dicey Economics of Hosting a Nuclear Plant
by Sandy Levine

This past week has shown Vermont first-hand the high cost of nuclear power. Hosting a plant in your state is clearly a high-stakes bargain. Vermont went to Court in Manhattan this week before a three judge panel at the United States Court of Appeals. (Read more here and here). It had fifteen minutes for its…

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Vermont Yankee – Worth More Dead than Alive
by Sandy Levine

The financial world is waking up to what a drag Vermont Yankee really is. The tired, old and leaking nuclear plant in Vermont is not carrying its weight. Financial analysts report that Vermont Yankee is economically vulnerable and a retirement announcement would boost stock prices for its parent, Entergy. You can read the UBS Investment…

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Vermont Yankee is in a Tight Box
by Sandy Levine

Regulators issued another strong rebuke to the owners of Vermont Yankee. The Vermont Public Service Board strongly rejected Entergy’s requests to change prior orders. Entergy continues to operate in defiance of Vermont law. Patience with this sort of behavior is wearing thin.  Read the decision here. Entergy asked to change orders so that it would…

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Future of Vermont Yankee – Let your Voice be Heard
by Sandy Levine

When:  Monday evening, November 19, 2012 beginning at 7 pm. Where:  Vermont Interactive Television sites around Vermont – Find locations here. What:  Should Vermont Yankee – a tired, old nuclear facility on the banks of the Connecticut River retire and its untrustworthy owners close shop? How:  Speak up at a public hearing. This is YOUR…