Shumlin calls for a Senate vote on operation of Vermont Yankee before March break

first_imgSenate President Pro Tem Peter Shumlin today announced that the Senate will vote before the town meeting break on whether or not relicensing the Vermont Yankee nuclear power station to operate beyond its scheduled closing date is in the best interest of Vermonters. “It is the responsibility of the General Assembly to vote on the continued operation of Vermont Yankee,” Shumlin said in a prepared statement. “We have a responsibility to provide Vermonters and Vermont businesses a direction for our energy future, provide our electric utilities with sufficient time to secure delivery of energy, and in the event that the plant ceases operating as scheduled in 2012, provide the workers at Vermont Yankee adequate time to secure employment.”  Shumlin has asked the Senate Finance Committee to take up the legislation relating to the continued operation of the Vermont Yankee nuclear energy generating plant this week.  The full Senate is expected to consider the question of continued operation before legislators return home for town meeting. “Vermonter’s deserve better than what Entergy Louisiana has to offer.  The reactor is too old to operate reliably past its scheduled closure in 2012.  The corporation has misled our public officials and the people of Vermont,” said Senator Peter Shumlin.  “Vermonter’s confidence in Vermont Yankee has been further marred by Entergy’s attempt to create a debt ridden spin off corporation to take ownership of the plant.  The cleanup fund is already more than half a billion dollars short and Vermonters cannot afford a corporation that may shift that cost to ratepayers.  There is also frustration with Entergy/Enexus’ power purchase proposal, which would raise Vermonter’s electricity rates by nearly 50 percent and provide us with only 11 percent of our power. Operating Vermont Yankee beyond its scheduled closing date of March 12, 2012, is not in the best interests of Vermonters and unnecessary delay is an irresponsible option for our energy future.”Vermont Town Meeting day is March 2 this year.Source: Shumlin’s office. 2.16.2010last_img read more

Time for a strategic planning makeover?

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Glenn ChristensenAll industries face changes that require a strategic planning makeover, and the credit union industry isn’t much different.New market developments, client needs, along with various regulations, are most likely challenging you to find brand new sources of future non-interest income so that you can grow. Although it can be tough to grow and remain viable in volatile environments, changes are also known to bring opportunities with them, and it is up to your leadership to run a thorough analysis to realign the organizational mission and big picture strategy with various tools available to you.Although we understand that information is never complete, there are more tools available to strategic planning than you had in the past. Due to the uncertainty and changes in the environment strategic planning makeovers will occur more frequently continue reading »last_img read more