A fair comparison to Vermont Yankee
Re: fellow Barre resident Al Blakey’s critique of Vermont Yankee (“Hold Entergy to its promises,” Nov. 23) and his claim to net-metered avoidance of six tons of carbon via his home’s solar panels — Vermont Yankee might well say to him, “Welcome to the Clean Air Club!” Since it began operating in 1972, Vermont Yankee has avoided 80 million tons of carbon dioxide from being released into our environment.
Mr. Blakey says his six tons means he has fulfilled his responsibility under the certificate of public good he received from the Vermont Public Service Board for his solar panels. If that’s true, I think it’s safe to say that Vermont Yankee’s 80 million tons of avoided carbon dioxide has done the same, and Yankee will continue to be Vermont’s undisputed leader in greenhouse gas avoidance.
Net metering is subsidized at various levels by the state’s utilities. Ratepayers who don’t net meter pay extra for this domestic production of low-carbon power. Regardless of this system’s pros and cons, it is only fair to point out that Vermont Yankee offers the best of both worlds — low-carbon power at very low, market-rate costs.
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