Last Monday, American Nuclear Society's blog, ANS Nuclear Cafe, featured my post Vermont Yankee Closes: the Consequences Were 100% Predictable The consequences were not only predictable, they were indeed, predicted.
In this blog post, I give a historical summary of many predictions, over many years. They all calculated that closing Vermont Yankee would have cause huge economic effects on the region. They predicted the economic losses in the region would be in the multi-hundred-million-dollar per year range.
Yes. All the economists predicted hundreds of millions in losses for the local area. Nine figures. Their economic-loss predictions range from $100,000,000 per year to over $400,000,000 per year. Some of the differences depend on whether the economists were looking at just-Vermont, or at the tri-state region.
In other words, huge. And these predictions are coming true.
I ask the question: why were all these economic predictions ignored? Why was the state of Vermont so eager to close Vermont Yankee down?
Please visit my ANS post and write some comments. Share your thoughts and share the article.
More Press for Vermont and Vermont Yankee
Okay. I am blushing furiously. But here are some more links….
Besides writing the article for ANS Nuclear Cafe, I was on Pat McDonald's TV show, Vote for Vermont: Beyond the Sound Bite. I link to the video of my interview in this blog post: Vermont Energy with Pat McDonald.
The morning of the show, I went to the New England grid operator site and took a screen shot of the percentage renewables and the percentage-what-type-of-renewable, and brought the screen shots to the show. They were very typical screen shots, though the low demand on the grid showed a higher percentage of nuclear than might be seen at other times. But the shocker was the renewables. McDonald didn't expect to learn that almost half of our vaunted New England "renewable" electricity consists of burning refuse, and most of the rest of our renewable mix consists of burning wood. (See graphics below.)
If you don't have time to watch the half-hour video, read the summary at Adams blog.
But Wait, There's More!
The ANS Nuclear Cafe blog has a feature called "Friday Matinee." Most Fridays, they embed a video on the blog. Yes….this Friday…the video was the Pat McDonald show featuring me. Video: ANS Member Meredith Angwin on Vote for Vermont.
You have SO many opportunities to watch the show. You can watch the video at my blog, Adam's blog, ANS Nuclear Cafe blog. I do hope you will watch it….
There is still more. The ANS post about economic predictability was reprinted in the Ethan Allen Institute newsletter (I am director of their Energy Education Project). I was on Rod Adam's panel in a recent podcast: Atomic Update. I will be on the Common Sense radio show this coming Tuesday, October 6 on WDEV. The show is between 11 and noon, and you can listen on line and even call in, toll-free. (The date of the WDEV show is now correct. An earlier version of this post had an incorrect date.)
Okay. That's enough for now. I can't blush any redder, so I will quit writing.
|Monday morning fuel mix on the grid|
Renewables are 7%
|And here are the renewables, the 7% above|
Consists of 48% wood, 45% refuse