Green Mountain Power and Entergy reach settlement over cooling tower collapses

Vermont Yankee cooling tower collapse, 2007

Vermont Yankee cooling tower collapse, 2007

Green Mountain Power and Entergy Corp. have agreed to a settlement of an undisclosed amount to cover costs incurred by GMP as a result of cooling tower collapses at the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant in 2007 and 2008.

GMP and Central Vermont Public Service — the utility that has since merged with GMP to take over about 70 percent of Vermont’s power market — sought $6.6 million in compensation for increased power costs the utilities had to pay when the nuclear plant reduced its output during the cooling tower failures and repairs.

Robert Dostis, spokesman for GMP, said the settlement was reached in the second week of June. Part of the agreement was to keep the specifics confidential.

Susan Smallheer of the Rutland Herald and Times Argus broke the news of the secret agreement this week.

“The settlement will benefit Green Mountain Power customers,” Dostis said. “The benefit will be verified in our rate filings.”

GMP was the first of many Vermont utilities to file a rate increase this week. The uptick is due to grid reliability upgrades that Vermont utilities, and consequently ratepayers, are responsible for.

Andrew Stein

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  1. Mike Kerin :

    “Susan Smallheer of the Rutland Herald and Times Argus broke the news of the secret agreement this week.”

    What is the reason for the “secrecy”?
    Which party insisted on “secrecy”?
    What are they hiding from us?

  2. Rob Simoneau :

    All of the these costs and future plant failures are ultimately payed for by the ratepayers. These costs must be transparent to the public. Again there will be increased number of failures and far worse failures. The economic reality of nuclear power is that it is no longer feasible and was never really feasible. Please read the attached report from the University of Vermont School of Law; PUBLIC RISK, PRIVATE PROFIT RATEPAYER COST, UTILITY IMPRUDENCE ADVANCED COST RECOVERY FOR REACTOR CONSTRUCTION CREATES ANOTHER NUCLEAR FIASCO, NOT A RENAISSANCE.

    http://www.vermontlaw.edu/Documents/PublicRiskPrivateProfit_Cooper.pdf

    The end of nuclear power …
    “A record number of reactors closed in North America this year – at San Onofre 2 & 3, CA; Crystal River, FL (pictured, left); Kewaunee, WI; and Gentilly-2 (Quebec). Plus there is a growing list of new reactors and other nuclear projects that are non-starters. Canceled are: Duke/Progress Energy’s proposed twin reactor units at Levy County, FL; and plans to ship radioactive waste from the Bruce nuclear site in Canada to Sweden. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has also informed Duke that license finalization for its proposed new reactors at William States Lee in SC has been postponed by three years, to 2016. And the nuclear market in the U.S. is so bad, the largest nuclear utility in the world, Electricité de France, has announced it is completely withdrawing.” (source Beyond Nuclear)

    Decommission Vermont Yankee now before it is too late!

    Japan Continues to Struggle
    “Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) has declared a new “emergency” in the worsening Fukushima Daiichi nuclear catastrophe with the disclosure of the uncontrolled release of highly radioactive groundwater flowing into the Pacific Ocean. A TEPCO spokesman admitted that “We understand that this water discharge is beyond our control and we do not think that the current situation is good.” Prime Minister Abe has pledged government support in a renewed hope to gain control of the radioactive contamination of the sea. In fact, Fukushima’s radioactive water crisis has only just begun.” source NHK.

    What will happen to the Connecticut River when Vermont Yankee has its meltdown? Same scenario! …. The Connecticut river valley will be lost forever.

    Decommission Vermont Yankee now before it is too late!

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