Here's the PSB web page about the hearing. The power purchase is PSB Docket #7742.
About the Power Purchase
Recently, Green Mountain Power announced that it would purchase 60 MW of Seabrook Nuclear Plant electricity, at a good rate, to replace some Vermont Yankee power. I wanted to let the PSB know that I like nice, reliable nuclear power, but they should remember that we also have a nice reliable plant in Vermont. So I went to the August 10 hearing.
The hearing was held in six interactive TV studios in Vermont. Each studio had a technician in attendance, and several large TV screens so you could see the members of the Public Service Board, and also see images of all the other five studios.
I was the only member of the public present at any of the studios.
Lonely Splendor: I speak my piece
In lonely splendor, I testified for five minutes. I said that Vermont Yankee was also a lovely plant, so why were we sending our money and jobs to Seabrook. A few days before, I had sent an email on this subject to the Commissioners.
After I finished talking, the commissioners said they had "received and read" my email. This means it was not lost in a pile of emails! If you want to comment on this subject by email, your voice will also be heard. Here are the addresses. Mention Docket 7742.
The email addresses are PSB.firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com (Public Service Board and Department of Public Service).
For background information, here's a post I wrote recently on the subject of the recent power purchases, including Seabrook: Power Purchases in Vermont Not Really Replacing Vermont Yankee but Adding Greenhouse Gases
A post just about the Seabrook purchase: Nimby and Nukes
And a recent post by Vermont Law School professor Donald Kreis on related power purchases:
Strictly speaking, only the Seabrook purchase is open for comment on this docket, but I wanted to put this purchase into context.
First Action Item: write an email with your opinion of the purchase! In case you have forgotten: PSB.firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com (Public Service Board and Department of Public Service).
Second: Remember that you can make a difference. I talked to the technician, and he said this kind of interactive meeting with the PSB was common. The PSB announces the meeting. Nobody shows up. The Commissioners and technicians go home after fifteen minutes (I didn't actually delay them, it turns out.) He said that occasionally an interest group will pack a meeting, but most meetings are just like this one. So if a subject is of interest to you, don't be shy. Go out and SAY something. You will be heard.