John Carroll, the spokesman for the New England Clean Energy Connect project, said the substation on Larrabee Road in Lewiston will not change much if hydropower from Quebec comes to Lewiston before being sent to Massachusetts. Sun Journal photo by Daryn Slover LEWISTON — If it weren’t for a constant, deep hum emitted by a huge transformer that weighs as much as four blue whales, there wouldn’t be anything obviously going on at Central Maine Power’s $57 million substation at the end of Larrabee Road.John Carroll, the spokesman for the New England Clean Energy Connect project, said 72 percent of the power line route uses an existing corridor. The corridor that would be built starts near The Forks and runs west to the Maine/Quebec border. Sun Journal photo by Daryn Slover Nothing moves amid its vast array of electrical equipment, steel towers and cables except for the 345,000 volts whizzing invisibly through the lines at nearly the speed of light. If the … [Read more...] about Lewiston the big winner in controversial power line project
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Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page March 19, 2019 Two New England states, two Democratic governors, two very different outcomes for the climate.In the early 2010s, Vermont governor Peter Shumlin prodded the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant into an early retirement. All the right people had urged him to do so: Bernie Sanders wanted the plant on the Connecticut River gone. The Conservation Law Foundation said it was “worth more dead than alive.” Ben — yes, part of the eponymous ice cream duo — wanted to shut the plant; Jerry, too.The consequence of listening to such experts was an increase in greenhouse gas emissions from New England, and a hole in the region’s energy grid that will haunt it for decades. Vermont’s greenhouse gas emissions have gone up more than the nation’s as a whole, putting the lie to its green self-image. Advertisement Fast forward to … [Read more...] about Editorial: Conn. made the right call keeping Millstone nuclear power plant open
Midcoast Troy R. Bennett | BDN A sign warning trespassers can be seen at the former site of the Maine Yankee nuclear power plant in Wiscasset in this BDN file photo. The Associated Press • February 26, 2019 12:37 pm WISCASSET, Maine — A federal judge has awarded more than $100 million to the owners of three closed nuclear plants in New England because of spent nuclear fuel that has yet to be removed by the U.S. government. The owners of Maine Yankee in Wiscasset, Yankee Rowe in Rowe, Massachusetts, and Connecticut Yankee in Haddam, Connecticut, won a partial summary judgment of $103.2 million from the federal government last week, the ownership group announced in a Monday news release. [Subscribe to our free morning newsletter and get the latest headlines in your inbox] The Wiscasset plant’s award will help offset the annual cost of operating a spent fuel storage site. That costs about $10 million per year. The three companies that own the plants share a … [Read more...] about Judge orders federal government to pay owners of closed Maine nuclear plant $103M
The owners of Maine Yankee have been awarded nearly $25 million in their latest lawsuit against the federal government for its failure to remove spent nuclear fuel from the site of the former nuclear power plant in Wiscasset. In a decision issued Thursday, U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge James H. Merow also awarded damages to the owners of closed Yankee nuclear power plants in Connecticut and Massachusetts, ruling that the federal government hasn’t fulfilled its contractual obligation to remove spent fuel from those sites as well.The owners of Maine Yankee are due $24.6 million, the owners of the Connecticut plant were awarded $32.6 million and the owners of the Massachusetts plant were awarded $19.6 million. The lawsuit covers the period from 2009 to 2012. The federal government has 60 days to appeal the ruling. Maine Yankee uses the money from the awards to maintain the Wiscasset site, where 60 cannisters of spent fuel and four cannisters of irradiated steel are stored. The … [Read more...] about Court awards Maine Yankee $24.6 million to pay for storing radioactive waste
The Conservation Law Firm (CLF) has recommended against accepting the transfer of Vermont Yankee decommissioning responsibility to NorthStar. One statement in a recently published article by them caught my attention. The senior attorney writing the piece stated, in part, “… lets Entergy walk away from the toxic mess it created.” Say, what? Who created this site? This plant was built back in ’60s by the largest Vermont utilities, CVPS and Green Mountain Power (GMP), and with investment by other smaller utilities in the region. Entergy bought the plant in 2002, 30 years after it originally came on line. Entergy successfully operated the plant for 12 years, about 25 percent of its operating life. CLF states: “… it’s common for the transferring entity to remain on the hook as a back up to assist with cleanup efforts.” OK. So, CLF must advocate that the original developers of Vermont Yankee, the Vermont utilities, must be on the hook for the … [Read more...] about What’s the alternative on Vermont Yankee?