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Legislative leaders give Entergy November 1 deadline for new Vermont Yankee power contract

first_imgWe have established this firm deadline in order to allow sufficient time for an orderly and thorough review of any agreement by the Public Service Board and then by the Vermont General Assembly.   July 28, 2009Mr. Jay ThayerC/O MacLean, Meehan and Rice45 Court StMontpelier, Vt 05602 Dear Mr. Thayer: Speaker Smith and Senate President Pro Tem Peter Shumlin today sent a letter to Entergy Corporation to inform them that it will be very difficult for the Vermont General Assembly to act on the question of continued operation of the Vermont Yankee plant unless a power purchase agreement is reached between Entergy and Vermont utilities before November 1, 2009. The letter is pasted below.  Even if those reliability concerns are resolved in the plant s favor, the Vermont General Assembly cannot in good conscience approve continued operation of Vermont Yankee without a thorough analysis of the economic impact of continued operation compared with other current and emerging alternative power supplies.  The contract and its details are critical to the central issues of economic relative to the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant that the legislature must consider.  Sincerely, Vermont Yankee has provided significant benefits to the people of the State of Vermont. Unfortunately, these benefits have been overshadowed by recent examples of operational missteps that have given us, and many Vermonters, serious pause about continued operation of the plant from a reliability standpoint.  We are writing to inform you that it will be exceedingly difficult for the Vermont General Assembly to act in 2010 on the question of continued operation of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station unless a power purchase agreement between Vermont utilities and Entergy is filed with the Vermont Public Service Board before November 1, 2009.   Senator ShumlinPresident Pro TemRepresentative SmithSpeaker of the House We have established this deadline in a spirit of cooperation, not confrontation.  We know that you have a complex negotiation to complete in uncertain financial times.  The State of Vermont also faces many financial challenges that will drain our time and energy during the 2010 session. We are determined that all of our decisions in 2010 be based on good information that is well analyzed. To achieve that goal, we must insist on the schedule set out above for completion of your power purchase agreement with Vermont utilities. Source: Shumlin’s officelast_img read more

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Pellegrini appears safe at City

first_img “It (the criticism) was deserved,” the City left-back told Sky Sports News. “We knew it was going to be a difficult game because Palace have been playing really well since they had a change of manager, but we also know a team like us, a club like us, with the objectives we have, have to win games like this so we are not hiding behind anything. “We have heard that some decisions went against us but we don’t want to hide behind these. “The results are not there and we need to be better.” The Frenchman hopes to put a smile back on City supporters’ faces this weekend by claiming victory at the home of their nearest and biggest rivals Manchester United. “The timing is perfect (for a derby),” Clichy said. “On Sunday we are playing against United, they are hitting top form this year and we lost that second position. “So we have a lot to make up for to the fans and Sunday night the city will be all blue or red and hopefully we can make a great day for them because the fans have always been behind us.” City, meanwhile, announced on Wednesday that they will play a post-season friendly against Toronto FC at BMO Field on May 27. But despite being all but out of the title race, Press Association Sport understands there is no current appetite to remove Pellegrini, who is contracted until the end of next season. The Chilean’s performance will be reviewed at the end of the season in line with club policy for all employees. Pellegrini won the league in his first year at the Etihad Stadium, but his chances of retaining the trophy took a significant blow on Monday when City lost 2-1 at Crystal Palace. After the defeat, the 61-year-old appeared determined to see out the three-year contract he signed in the summer of 2013. ”I’m not concerned about my job. That is one thing I am never concerned with,” Pellegrini said. ”I never have fear about it, I do my work, I’m very happy. The team may be having a difficult season but never worry about me. ”We are not thinking about Chelsea, or about the title. We are just trying to win our games.” Gael Clichy accepts he and his team-mates should have done better at Selhurst Park, even though Palace’s first goal – scored by Glenn Murray – should have been ruled out for an offside against Scott Dann. City were level with Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea on New Year’s Day, but they now find themselves fourth in the standings with just seven games to go. City have lost five of their last seven matches in all competitions and are nine points behind Jose Mourinho’s side, who have a match in hand to come against bottom side Leicester. Manuel Pellegrini’s job is not under any immediate threat despite Manchester City’s faltering form. Press Associationlast_img read more

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