By better using or even expanding our existing electricity system connections with Quebec, we can use low-cost Quebec water power (4 cents per kWh) to help meet some of Ontario’s power needs. This would be far cheaper and safer than rebuilding our aging nuclear plants (19 - 37 cents per kWh). Ontario needs to learn its lesson from a long history of nuclear projects that have seen massive cost overruns and delays, and ...more »
The current Nuclear Liability Act came into effect in 1976 . The act sets a limit of $75 million in liability for operators of nuclear power generating facilities that has not been updated since.
Ontario should require Bruce Power & OPG to be fully liable for all costs.
With approximately 65% of our electricity coming from Nuclear it's time to bust the myth of "cheap nuclear" electricity. According to the OPG annual report, they sell nuclear power for $55.85/MWh whereas according to their filings with the Ontario Energy Board the Cost of Production from Pickering is $65.86/MWh. - The annual impact? A loss of Over $200million per year. Clearly Pickering is not a self sustaining operation ...more »
It is well documented that on occasion Ontario has paid other jurisdictions to take our surplus electricity. Given that Nuclear Power is by far the largest source of electricity in the Province and that each and every kWh of nuclear electricity generates a toxic waste stream with a legacy that lasts upto 1million yrs OPG must not be permitted to export electricity without recovering an appropriate disposal fee to pay ...more »
Everybody knows when things go wrong for Nuclear, the environment suffers. People forget that when things go RIGHT for Coal/Gas etc that the environment suffers. Nuclear is more carbon friendly than Hydro.
Given that much development has occurred in the decades since Darlington and Pickering nuclear plants were first constructed. Prior to committing upwards of $40 Billion to extend the life of Darlington and Pickering, OPG should conduct a live evacuation drill for those who would be impacted in the event of a catastrophic nuclear emergency.
Ontario's energy mix is a first rate model to boast about. We now have 60% of our electricity from nuclear and significant renewables contributing and a wonderful hydro system that is still growing. It has been shown that clean, cheap energy provides prosperity and sustainability. An education program about energy will prepare a workforce to allow continued prosperity and enable the growing energy sector to expand our ...more »
Every nuclear project has been over budget by billions and always late. We currently have alternatives that are far cheaper and safer in wind and solar. To refurbish the reactors at Pickering and Darlington will cost billions. Those billions should be invested in wind and solar.
Nuclear energy is no longer glamorous. It is expensive to build, maintain and operate. No one has yet developed a good idea on how to deal with spent radioactive reactor rods that last for more than a thousand years. More should be invested in hydro-electric, particularly run-of-the-river technologies that harness the power of rivers. Just imagine the clean power that could be generated from the Detroit River, the St. ...more »