Friday, February 17, 2012

Some Facts on Vermont Yankee That Didn't Make the CNN Report

My colleague Tom Kaufmann shared a couple of data points with me that didn't make it into the excerpt of the CNN report by Amber Lyon that we watched today -- facts that demonstrate just how important the plant is to the state, its environment and economy.

  • VY makes 73.3% of the electricity generated in Vermont and accounts for 79% of the state’s emission-free energy.
  • VY’s three-year average capacity factor is 92.2% - above the industry average.
  • VY avoided the emission of 2.7 million metric tons of CO2 last year.
  • VY’s output could charge over 800,000 all-electric automobiles in one night / 2.4 million in a day. There are less than 300,000 cars registered in the state of Vermont.

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