I know that the pumped storage station built in my town was originally built to take up the excess electricity that was generated by the Vernon nuclear power plant. I do not understand why it has continued to operate, even after Vermont Yankee has been shut down. The pumping of water contributes to erosion along the riverbank and makes the river inhospitable to wildlife.
I think that the pumped storage station should be shut down.
July 22nd, 2021
As we work to mitigate the effects of climate change on our environment, hydroelectric power must play a role in supplying carbon-free electricity. The hydroelectric dams on the Connecticut River are important in this effort. However, renewal of the licenses for the hydroelectric dams on the Connecticut River are contingent on how they affect the traditions and culture of the indigenous people who inhabit the area. In this case it is the Abenaki people of Vermont and New Hampshire who have had a relationship with the river for hundreds of years before the white man settled there. Great River Hydro has so far failed to involve the Abenaki people in its assessment of the effects of the license renewals on them. It is no longer ok to ignore our indigenous brothers and sisters. They have been pushed aside and co-opted for hundreds of years by the dominant white social structure. The license renewals should not be approved before this assessment includes participation by representatives of the Abenaki people.
June 15th, 2021
I would like to share the perspective that:
-since the Connecticut River once was the ecological lifeblood of our region and could be again if restored,
-since hydropower need not be in the form of dams in order to restart/kickstart the electrical grid and to rapidly ramp electricity generation up and down,
-since solar and wind electricity generation can, and nearly always does, occupy sites with vastly less ecological importance and productivity than dams, and
-since the cost of solar and wind electricity generation is currently comparable to the cost of hydropower and will continue to decline;
all dams on the mainstem of the Connecticut River should be phased out, the Northfield Mountain facility should be retained, and, if needed, additional pumped storage facilities should be developed.
Thank you for considering.
February 12th, 2021