Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Closing of Vermont Nuke Makes 2013 A Truly Terrible Year For US Nuclear Power

Vermont Yankee nuclear station is closing in 2014. The official announcement was made yesterday.

The announcement that Vermont Yankee will close makes 2013 a truly terrible year for nuclear power. Owners this year have announced the closing or closed a total of 5 nuclear plants--2 in California, 1 in Florida, and 1 in Wisconsin plus Vermont Yankee.  That is nearly 5% of the US nuclear fleet.

The closing of any nuclear plant makes cutting carbon emissions that much harder, because the nuclear output will be replaced by a mix of coal, natural gas, and renewable production.  The end result is more carbon emissions as well as other air pollutants.

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