Letter: Importance of Dependable Power
To the Editor:
The recent power failure at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center gives us a glimpse of what life would be like with intermittent electricity. Renewable wind and solar power sources are not as steady and reliable as hydro, nuclear and natural gas, so such renewable power brings the grid closer to the edge of failure. Dependable electric power is essential not only to health care but also to water and sanitation, to police and fire services, to communications, education, commerce, industry,and transportation. We’ll lose some electric power reliability a year from now when Vermont Yankee shuts down.