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VNRC Weighs in on VY in Federal Court

In the fall 2011, VNRC filed briefs in federal district court supporting the state of Vermont’s efforts to shut down Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant as scheduled in 2012.

In two “amicus” or “friend of the court” briefs, VNRC supported the contention that the state has the legal right to not re-license the aging nuclear power plant in Vernon based in part on the state’s authority to transition to an energy portfolio consisting primarily of renewable sources while providing electricity that is economically and environmentally sustainable. VNRC and the state argue that, based on federal case law, the Legislature has the authority to determine what kind of energy to support as part of comprehensive energy planning in Vermont. To read VNRC’s briefs, click here and here.