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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint House Resolution

J.R.H.  7

Joint resolution requesting the governor to enter into direct negotiations with senior officials of the province of Quebec and of Hydro Québec for a new contractual relationship

Offered by:  Representative Obuchowski of Rockingham

Whereas, in 2012, the federal operating license for the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant expires, and

Whereas, at different dates, starting in 2016 and concluding in 2020, the power purchasing authority of each utility that is a party to the Hydro Québec‑Vermont Joint Owner Contract will also expire, and

Whereas, in combination, these sources represent two-thirds of the electric power consumed in the state of Vermont, and

Whereas, regardless of future conservation and energy efficiency efforts, Vermonters’ demand for electric energy may continue to increase, and

Whereas, in the very near future, Vermont will have to come to grips with the fundamental trade-offs that are inevitable in choosing from various generation sources of electric power, and

Whereas, these trade-offs will involve crucial environmental, economic, and quality-of-life decisions that will affect Vermonters for decades, and

Whereas, alternative energy options have been considered to replace the amount of electric wattage that the combined Vermont Yankee and Hydro Québec power sources represent, including new power sources and additional consumer conservation practices, and

Whereas, two potential major energy source solutions extending the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant’s federal license or constructing large industrial wind farms on the state’s mountain ridgelines, have prompted controversy and opposition, and

Whereas, the least politically contentious option for replacing the power from Vermont Yankee and the currently contracted Hydro Québec power is the creation of a new long-term contractual relationship with Hydro Québec for the importation of clean hydropower from Canada, and

Whereas, in order for this objective to be achieved, the state of Vermont must enter into serious negotiations on the highest administrative level with officials from the province of Quebec and from Hydro Québec, now therefore be it



Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly requests the governor to enter into direct negotiations with senior officials of the province of Quebec and of Hydro Québec for a new, long-term, contractual relationship to commence upon the expiration of current agreements with Hydro Québec, and be it further

Resolved:  That the governor is requested to submit a progress report to the General Assembly on the progress of these negotiations on or before March 15, 2007, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the governor.





              Attested to:




Brian E. Dubie                                             Donald G. Milne

President of the Senate                              Clerk, House of Representatives       



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The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont