June 13, 2006
Ontario Government Opts For More Nuclear Power

The provincial government of Ontario Canada has decided to build more nuclear plants.

OTTAWA, June 13 In an effort to revive a nuclear energy program that has been marred by billions of dollars in debt, cost overruns and disappointing performance, the province of Ontario on Tuesday announced a plan to spend about 20 billion Canadian dollars ($18 billion) to build reactors and refurbish some current units.

The plan also includes about 20 billion Canadian dollars for renewable energy projects and 6 billion Canadian dollars ($5.3 billion) for power conservation.

They will spend big money on renewables and conservation as well. Yet in spite of putting up big money for these purposes they obviously do not think big efforts in those areas will solve all their energy problems. So they were faced with a choice between coal and nuclear.

At least 2 new nuclear power plants will be built.

The project will initially involve at least two units at a cost of about 2 billion Canadian dollars each. But that number is expected to rise after an analysis by the government-owned Ontario Power Generation on the feasibility and cost effectiveness of renewing current stations.

The $2 billion Canadian is about $1.8 billion in US Dollars per reactor.

I've stated we face a choice between coal and nuclear. The Ontario government decided they faced that choice and they chose nuclear power. The Ontario government has decided to move away from coal.

Energy Minister Dwight Duncan directed the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) today to proceed with its recommended 20-year electricity supply mix plan, with some revisions.

The plan achieves a healthy balance by moving away from coal in favour of new nuclear power and renewable energy. The government has set targets that will double energy efficiency through conservation and double the amount of energy from renewables by 2025.

The government has directed Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to undertake feasibility studies for refurbishing units at the Pickering and Darlington sites. OPG has also been directed to begin the work needed for an environmental assessment for the construction of new units at an existing nuclear facility. Nuclear is expected to continue to be the single-largest source for Ontario's electricity in 2025.

The electric power plant operators in Ontario are happy with this decision.

The Association of Power Producers of Ontario (APPrO) welcomed today's announcement on Ontario's supply mix, saying that they are confident the power generation industry can bring forward the kind of supply contemplated by the government, on time, on budget and for a reasonable cost, said APPrO President David Butters. He added that development of this new generation will mean billions of dollars worth of new investment and jobs in Ontario, bringing environmentally sustainable new technologies and innovation, along with new jobs and a host of economic opportunities.

I bet htis Canadian decision will have some influence on the energy debate in the United States and in Britain. The British press has been reporting that the government is shifting toward a more pro-nuclear stance.. The Ontario government decided they didn't want the pollution that more coal plants would bring. That choice will appeal to some people in the United States.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2006 June 13 10:14 PM  Energy Policy


Comments
neo anderson said at June 13, 2006 10:50 PM:

FInaly a goverment who dosent give in to the gay greanpeace activist freaks, and there kind enviromentalist, who do more harm then good.

NUke is the answer, to stop polution green house gases, depedece on oil, etc,.


We had the answer all along , until hidrogen tech, fusion, etc is ready nuke plants are the safest cleanest thing u can do.

For those who need more explanation), nuke plants produce electricity, witout any emisions, electricity can be used
to power anithing humans do including cars, soo basically if we would built 100 nuke plants we could stop using, coal
oil, gas or any pulution fosil fuel the next day. Ofcourse greanpeace guys in there narow litell mind cant even grasp at that when they see the word nuke is like the bull sees red, his small litell brain is clouded by red.

THhere u go.

aa2 said at June 14, 2006 5:59 AM:

Bob Badour was right that people in Ontario were much more pro-nuclear then I thought. I guess the people on the west coast where I live view nuclear power far differently then people in the east..

This really is great news. This is also how you put nuclear power in.. You simply come out and say we are doing it. And go big right away.

I've been yelling for Canada to go hardcore to nuclear power for a few years now.. Its clean, Canada is a major uranium producer.. And Canada is a world leader in nuclear technology. So this will mean many good jobs created right here in Canada. And as the plants are built and we gain more experience, it will likely mean more export opportunities as well.

John S Bolton said at June 20, 2006 12:44 AM:

This is definitely a good idea; Canada has plenty of remote locations with superabundance of cold water.
At the same time, there is still a great need for more efficient and cleaner coal-burning.
Here's my suggestion, not that it's likely not to have been thought of at all:
Use sound generators towards a burning chamber of shape conducive to focus the waves to promote more thorough burning, assisting the breakup of characteristic particle sizes, knowing the frequencies associated therewith, etc.
Today crushed coal of a more standard particle size is often used.
Possibly the crushing process could be the more efficiently assisted by using sound vibrations with it.
Coal from some large formation may have uniformity, in that certain characteristic sizes of particles resulting from initial crushing may be favored.
The frequencies favoring the breakup of these on several scales, might become known and used.

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