Nuclear power plant's closing sparks transmission line controversy in Vermont
SUBNET Solutions Inc | Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Currently, officials in Vermont are debating whether to close a nuclear power plant, with some analysts asserting that such a move would lead to disruptions in the state's power supply grid, according to a report.
The Brattleboro Reformer reports that an increasingly tense debate has emerged over whether to shutter the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant as previously planned in March 2012. On the one hand, some industry watchers affirm the move would have no far-reaching effects; on the other, however, are those that claim its closure could lead to a significant reduction in available energy.
North American Electric Reliability Corporation Economic Consulting vice president Edward Kee is firmly in the latter category, while Signal Hill Consulting Group co-founder Robert Stein has become a de facto representative for those seeking the plant's closure.
Stein has worked to create a power supply that reliably connects the transmission system, and in a report he said that those who claim the plant's closure would cause power disruptions are incorrect, affirming such disruptions have a "low probability of occurrence."
Still, in a report Kee contended that there are potential issues that could arise, including "thermal overloads on high-voltage transmission lines and voltage instability, either of which could damage equipment, compromise grid stability or cause uncontrolled outages."
The state has yet to make a decision on the fate of the plant.
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