Is Wind Killing Nuclear Power, Not Fossil fuel sources???

Illinois Mayors Concerned Over Possible Exelon Plant Closures

The possibility of Exelon closing three of its six nuclear facilities in the state due to financial reasons has six Illinois mayors worried.

http://progressillinois.com/news/content/2015/02/25/illinois-mayors...

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If the nuclear giant's three plants shut down prematurely, DCEO's analysis shows that the following negative economic impacts would occur: "2,500 direct job losses at the nuclear plants; 4,431 indirect job losses at local businesses that do business with the plants; $1.8 billion in annual lost economic activity for the state of Illinois; and 10-16 percent increase in wholesale power prices, which will cause another 896 job losses and cost the state another $45 million in lost economic activity."

http://progressillinois.com/posts/content/2015/01/13/state-report-e...;

Lost permanent jobs vs temporary & a straggling few jobs.

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Comment by Kathy Sherman on October 13, 2015 at 9:33am
The correct link from about 8:30 AM breaking news

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/10/13/entergy-close-pilgrim-...

One of the safety issues is the warming of the water used for cooling. Apparently the larger nuclear power plant in CT, Milbrook, already faced this and was allowed to increase to 80 degree intake.

Note a comment that it looks like this plant would be a good place for wind turbine(s) and solar. Get pictures down here of the miles of ridgeline that have only once been able to produce nearly what this plant does in all my checks. What does it take to get rid of the naivete?
Comment by Kathy Sherman on October 13, 2015 at 9:17am
Here is the answer, as it affects New England:
Oops I copied the wrong link to Globe - Pilgrim Nuclear to close by June of 2019; it supplies approx. 5% of ISO-NE load. It was in part because it was a merchant power plant and in part because NRC had downgraded its safety rating to the bottom 3 plants in the USA. I think that it is worth responding to the idea expressed by all the zealots that Pilgrim's closure "will make room on the grid for renewables". The room is there and wind and PV have been contributing a tiny fraction to it, never as much as dispatchable combustion of wood and trash.
https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/09/26/pilgrim-nuclear-power-...
Comment by Kathy Sherman on October 10, 2015 at 11:56am
Most definitely in New England, but probably what we share with Illinois is the deregulation of utilities to make a "competitive" market for generators. But then both New England and Illinois destroyed all semblance of competition by renewable energy mandates, in the case of New England paying much more for externalities than for generation. The big difference is that New England has already virtually shuttered coal and oil generation.

Our nuclear generators are quite old and there is tremendous political pressure to close them, or at least Pilgrim (MA) and Seabrook (NH); VT Yankee already closing. The Pilgrim operator already testified recently about the difficulty of the competitive market. It may be cheap natural gas as well as the incentivized renewables which really don't contribute that much other than destabilizing the market. Typically, nuclear generation seems to run about 24% on ISO-NE. How many jobs will be lost when we lose that baseload generation and start the rolling blackouts??

We will be even more dependent on natural gas, and have a virtually impossible task to meet RGGI goals or those mandated to the states by EPA regarding CO2 upcoming.

Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."

https://pinetreewatch.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/

 

Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power

 

Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT

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(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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