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CaptD
Freedom From Nuclear Fascism...
05:13 PM on 09/11/2011
Can Solar also generate Energy at Night?
YES IT CAN:
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=how-to-use-solar-energy-at-night
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aligatorhardt
Cut on the bias
08:27 PM on 09/11/2011
We have these systems coming online here as well.  Obama administration grants $737 million for a 24/7 solar power plant - Todd Woody - Green Wombat - Forbes
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CaptD
Freedom From Nuclear Fascism...
10:44 AM on 09/12/2011
Faved and Bookmarked
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Craig Bovia
Vermont, 1791, women can vote, no slavery allowed
04:51 PM on 09/12/2011
Fanned and Faved
There is a lot of great advances in solar, that require less sun and are many times more efficient than the old solar panels and provide hot water, heat and air conditioning. www.absolicon.com is a good one
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CaptD
Freedom From Nuclear Fascism...
05:12 PM on 09/11/2011
Here is yet another reason the Nuclear Industry does not want to decommission any reractors:
http://articles.sfgate.com/1995-04-04/news/17801998_1_cleanup-program-cleanup-effort-cleanup-contractors
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aligatorhardt
Cut on the bias
08:29 PM on 09/11/2011
Thanks for the info. The true cost of nuclear power is amazing, stupidly amazing.
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CaptD
Freedom From Nuclear Fascism...
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NWBrunette
Blessed Girl
04:34 PM on 09/11/2011
Nuclear is an industry that can't begin to pay for all its own liability. It's an industry that can't in any manner, size, shape or form take full responsibility for its own waste stream. And it's an industry - that when there's a serious problem - plunges its host country in to recession, renders the adjacent countryside uninhabitable, and blows the roofs off its containment structures. It's time to begin shutting the industry down. Thank you Vermont for taking the obvious step in the right direction.
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CaptD
Freedom From Nuclear Fascism...
05:11 PM on 09/11/2011
Ditto
Faved, already fanned!
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Craig Bovia
Vermont, 1791, women can vote, no slavery allowed
04:53 PM on 09/12/2011
FANNED &FAVED
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Fez
Ignorance is no excuse for the law.
03:39 PM on 09/11/2011
Sounds like a "state's rights" issue so I'm assuming that every Republican will be supporting the right of the state of Vermont to protect its citizens as its own legislature sees fit.
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KarlaElisa
The atmosphere is Toxic
04:58 PM on 09/11/2011
wondering the same thing myself and in this case i DO think the citizens and their elected officials have the right to say sayonara baby and kick them out.

but i bet suddenly we see numerous states rights big wigs either going silent or changing their tune and i bet on a federal level they find ways skru vermont out of their autonomy on this one.
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PoloniumMan
Ride the Lightning
08:31 PM on 09/11/2011
Electrical power generation crosses state and international boundaries so I would say the commerce clause and not the tenth amendment apply here.
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SLS11
Its all there, if we just open our eyes...
12:49 AM on 09/12/2011
Why would you say that?
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Craig Bovia
Vermont, 1791, women can vote, no slavery allowed
04:55 PM on 09/12/2011
Whatever helps the rich get richer, Right???
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dclintn648
Education cures conservatism
03:35 PM on 09/11/2011
"New Orleans-based Entergy filed suit in April, saying the state is pre-empted by the federal Atomic Energy Act from trying to shut Vermont Yankee down."

Lookie who's in favor of FEDERAL REGULATIONS all of a sudden... They "believe" in whatever makes them the most money, and that changes in each case. Perry's "moratorium" on federal regulations would put a real wrench in their plans, so I guess they won't be supporting Perry.
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CaptD
Freedom From Nuclear Fascism...
05:09 PM on 09/11/2011
Fanned and Fav'd!
GREED and the RISK of a Trillion Dollar Eco-Disaster like Japan has?
N☢ Thank You

Keep the Green Mountains Green and N☢T glowing!
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aligatorhardt
Cut on the bias
08:31 PM on 09/11/2011
Marked as favorite in the presence of an inactive fave button.
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Tresco
Sistagirl Laughin' Thingy Award Winner!
02:54 PM on 09/11/2011
Well lookie who's in favor of states' rights now! Vermont might have to compensate the energy company for the loss of their asset. Better yet is there a win-win here? Have the state help the company convert the power plant to green energy production. I think the NRC should be abolished and the states should take on it's functions. I generally favor local control. I would like to see what the people of Vermont would do to meet their energy needs. Pay more for green energy? Can green energy even do the job for any price? Coal? Buy conventionally produced energy from out of state?
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aligatorhardt
Cut on the bias
08:37 PM on 09/11/2011
Here is the experience of one utility that has reduced the clean energy surcharge after seeing the price of clean energy is not too high.  Citing lower costs, Mich. utility slashes renewable energy surcharge | LaurenAWEA

They now see fit to ask customers for $0.65 a month more for investing in wind and other clean energy instead of coal. Could the price be any more reasonable? Wind power is the cheapest form of electric production in areas with good wind resources, like the shores of the Great Lakes. Hydro power cost a lot up front, but serves for very long times and is also a good clean investment. Solar is perfect for offsetting peak power needs during business hours. GE Sees Solar Cheaper Than Fossil Power in Five Years - Bloomberg
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CaptD
Freedom From Nuclear Fascism...
10:51 AM on 09/12/2011
Faved for two great links!
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Jackson, Mich.-based investor-owned utility Consumers Energy said it will reduce its surcharge to customers for renewable energy from $2.50 to 65 cents a month, a cut of nearly 75 percent.

According to detnews.com, the Detroit News website, "The savings stems from the utility updating its renewable energy plan, a plan that lowers costs because of changing economic conditions, wind turbine technology improvements and other factors."

The reduction, which has been approved by the Michigan Public Service Commission, will save the average household $22 per year, or $54 million annually for Consumers' total customer base, and would seem to be another indication that wind power costs are coming down.

The updated plan, the utility said, maintains its commitment to have 10 percent of the electricity it provides to customers by 2015 come from Michigan renewable sources, as required by the state's energy reform law. About 5 percent of the electricity supplied to its customers today comes from renewable sources.

and this snip from the second link:
Solar power may be cheaper than electricity generated by fossil fuels and nuclear reactors within three to five years because of innovations, said Mark M. Little, the global research director for General Electric Co. (GE)
“If we can get solar at 15 cents a kilowatt-hour or lower, which I’m hopeful that we will do, you’re going to have a lot of people that are going to want to have solar at home,”