On Sunday January 8, 2012, I chatted with Meredith Angwin who blogs at Yes Vermont Yankee and Margaret Harding, a well known independent consultant who specializes in GE Boiling Water Reactors. Our primary topic was the fate of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power station, which has been embroiled in a several year long battle to obtain permission to continue providing reliable, emission-free electricity to the New England regional power grid – as it has been producing for the past 39 years.
If all of the electricity that Vermont Yankee produced every year was sold into the state of Vermont, it would supply 85% of the state’s total load. Since the plant is located just a few miles north of the Massachusetts border and just a few dozen yards from the state line with New Hampshire, only 30% of the power stays inside state lines.
In other words, the plant is, and always has been, engaged in interstate commerce. It still confuses me why people who live in Vermont have such a basic misunderstanding of the country in which they live; no state has the right to control interstate commerce. All of them gave that up when they signed on as members of the United States of America.
Anyway, enough ranting. Hope you enjoy the show. I apologize for the echo chamber sound quality. I will do better next time – if I ever get around to doing some simple set-up upgrades.