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A new study released today by utility economist Robert McCullough and commissioned by our Joint Nuclear Power Task Force indicates that Northwest ratepayers would save an estimated $261.2 million to $530.7 million over the next ten years if the Bonneville Power Administration and public power consortium Energy Northwest agree to close the Columbia Generating Station (CGS) nuclear power plant – the Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power facility – and replace it with renewable energy sources.
“The rapid drop in renewable energy costs in recent years has been shocking to everyone,” McCullough observes, “and it is now possible to affordably replace aging facilities, like the 32-year old CGS nuclear plant at Hanford, without increasing the region’s carbon footprint.”
McCullough Research’s new report, Replacing the Columbia Generating Station with Renewable Energy, builds upon the firm’s extensive December 2013 cost-comparison studyof the Hanford-based CGS nuclear plant, which accurately predicted the potential savings of replacing the CGS with market-purchased power for the past three years.
“PSR believe that it is our duty to reduce the global risk of climate change and the regional risk to public health and the Columbia River posed by continued operation of an aging Fukushima-style GE boiling water reactor,” says John Pearson, MD, co-chair Oregon and Washington PSR’s Joint Nuclear Power Task Force.
For more information on how you can get involved in closing the Columbia Generating Station and moving our region beyond nuclear, contact Chuck Johnson at 503-777-2794.