Vermont Energy Partnership Comments on Vermont Yankee Announcement

Vermont Energy Partnership

In conjunction with today’s announcement by Entergy to close the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station in Brattleboro in late 2014, Guy Page, communications director for the Vermont Energy Partnership issued the following statement.

“The announcement today by Entergy of the planned shutdown of Vermont Yankee next year comes as a surprise considering the legal success through the federal circuit court decision last week.

“Over the years, we have had the opportunity to get to know many of the hard-working, skilled professionals of Vermont Yankee and have witnessed their dedication to ensuring the extremely safe operation of Vermont Yankee. We have every confidence they will continue to operate the plant at the utmost levels of safety.

“The Vermont Energy Partnership intends to study the impact of this decision on Vermont’s energy future and New England’s demand for clean, baseload electricity. As always, VTEP remains committed to a future of clean, safe, affordable and reliable power. Vermont Yankee has been a valuable contributor to that policy goal, as well as supporting Windham County’s economy through hundreds of good paying jobs and millions in state and local revenue.

The Vermont Energy Partnership (www.vtep.org) is a diverse group of more than 90 business, labor, and community leaders committed to finding clean, affordable and reliable electricity solutions. Its mission is to educate policy makers, the media, businesses, and the general public about why electricity is imperative for prosperity, and about the optimal solutions to prese