[ RadSafe ] NYT Article: N.Y. Grid Could Stand to Lose Reactors, Panel Says

John Jacobus crispy_bird at yahoo.com
Thu Jun 8 09:58:47 CDT 2006

Since I live in Maryland, I do not enjoy the
"benefits" of Indian Point or Hydro Quebec power
supplies.  Personally, I think NY citizens would be
fools to shut down Indian Point.  That would put them
at the mercy of Canada, which should be our 51st state

Does anyone besides me think that deregulation was a
good idea?

--- Jaro <jaro-10kbq at sympatico.ca> wrote:

> John Jacobus wrote:
>  Right now I am looking at a 75% increase in utility
> rates due to
> deregulation.
> <SNIP>
> Don't worry John, our Hydro Quebec will sell you the
> electricity you need -
> and make a fabulous fortune in the process.
> The Provincial utility is pushing hard for
> conservation locally, because of
> the regulated low prices here -- so that they can
> sell as much as possible
> to you guys, and fleece you royally in the process.
> Hydro Quebec would LOVE it if you closed down Indian
> Point.
> It would drive prices sky-high.
> We've got a great gig going here, with the enormous
> hydro reservoirs in
> James Bay and elsewhere: HQ can buy cheap
> coal-generated electricity from
> south of the border & from the Atlantic Provinces,
> when its not needed & the
> rates are low, store it in the hydro reservoirs
> (i.e. just close the turbine
> gates), and then sell it back to you when prices are
> high.
> Some folks figure it might be a better idea to
> negotiate a "power sharing"
> contract with HQ, whereby a certain fixed service
> fee would be paid to HQ
> for such energy storage, instead of deferring to the
> brutal vagaries of the
> open market.
> But this idea doesn't seem to have occurred yet to
> the politicians & power
> brokers south of the border, in Ontario, or in the
> Atlantic Provinces.
> Or maybe they just don't worry that much about John
> Jacobus' 75% increase in
> utility rates?
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"You get a lot more authority when the workforce doesn't think it's amateur hour on the top floor."
GEN. MICHAEL V. HAYDEN, President Bush's nominee for C.I.A. director.

-- John
John Jacobus, MS
Certified Health Physicist
e-mail:  crispy_bird at yahoo.com

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