What do you think is the main factor in leading to Entergy's decision to close Vermont Yankee?

Today Entergy announced that it will close Vermont Yankee in 2014. (If you are not familiar with the story yet, read here)

Out of the following factors, which do you think was the main factor in leading to Entergy's decision to close Vermont Yankee?

-Low natural gas prices

-Maintenance cost for Vermont Yankee

-Artificially low electricity price

-Anti-nuclear movement

Respond below and tell us what you think

7 Replies

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous

    Low natural gas prices.  But if there's a public revolt against fracking, as there is in Europe, the nuke plants can become economically feasible again. So a plant in Safestor could be revived when the market shifts.  While single-unit sites tend to be less economical than multi-unit sites, the real factor is the opportunity cost.   Energy is fungible, and it has shifted to gas.  This leads one to wonder:  how difficult would it be to install parallel gas-fueled boilers at a nuke site?  This would allow use of the turbine, grid access, and other infrastructure, not to mention retain some jobs.  And if the nuke market becomes feasible again, the pot can be fired up.

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous

    The biggest factor may well be the rigged market forces in the Energy sector generally, a factor that must be confronted for the sake of the national security. However, an equally dangerous  is a very misguided uneducated citizenry and an industry and Academia that furthers ignorance and fear of all things nuclear. As the national economy continues in accelerated collapse, only terrific increases in energy flux density can reverse this crisis. The more people who understand the better society and the nation can progress.  

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous

    In reply to Anonymous:

    If a controller at a nuke plant farts it has to be written up and filed with the NRC as an unscheduled release.  And even though the release is practically rad-free it still makes the news as "NRC Reports Unscheduled Release at Vermont Yankee".  Shoot If read that, I would want it closed too !  FYI: I TOTALLY Agree with Anon poster 8/27/13::9:03PM

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous

    In reply to Anonymous:

    I'm not sure why sensible people are counting on low gas prices.  Purchase of dry shale gas leases has fallen off a cliff, as the speculative boom cools off.  The Chairman of Total (leaked) said they would not be selling gas until the price rises to at least $6/mmBTU.  I don't think the depletion rate on fracked wells is fully understood yet.  This could fade pretty fast.  Southern Co. and SCANA will look pretty smart in a few years.

  • In reply to Anonymous:

    IMHO, it is the mandatory purchase requirement for the unreliable "renewable" energy sources.  If the wind blows hard at night, it can cut into the baseload power and cause misery for good baseload power providers.

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous

    In reply to SA Kiteman:

    I used to work for Entergy and I c an tell you the prevailing thought process behind the closure was the litigation costs it was occuring to keep the plant open and running, and the low electric prices this plant will never operate again because of the large anti nuclear sentiment in Vermont

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous

    In reply to Anonymous:

    An economic and population contraction policy has been going full force in the United States since the Carter Administration. Environmentalism working to complement the Trilateral Commission's economic policy, is the unacknowledged Trojan Horse. An anti human ideology exists in all Green policy, the policy that justified deindustrialization, must be confronted out in the open; its intellectual, scientific and economic posits have to be repudiated in the public forum, on common sense, and national economy grounds.. The citizenry has been duped, educated to reject the very economy formation measures, that begins with the necessity of increasing the national energy flux density capacity, that made the United States a Super Power. Americans must be reeducated; no nukes is bad for you and it must be repeated over and over. For more information go to www.larouchepac.com, Lyndon LaRouche and associates have been writing and speaking on the national security crisis in economy and energy for decades. The demonization of everything nuclear, the termination of fast neutron reactor design technology and the policy that stunts fusion development, its use in our real economy, will further the accelerating collapse of the US national economy. It's unacceptable and it must change.

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