Nu­clear en­ergy still best deal

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

Your ar­ti­cle on re­fur­bish­ing the nu­clear re­ac­tors at Dar­ling­ton (“En­vi­ron­men­tal­ists urge On­tario to aban­don $13-bil­lion Dar­ling­ton nu­clear re­build” — Jan. 4) over­looked sev­eral facts. Your read­ers should know that:

Nu­clear en­ergy at 6.6 cents/kWh to­day is less ex­pen­sive than any other elec­tric­ity source ex­cept hy­dro, ac­cord­ing to the On­tario En­ergy Board.

Re­fur­bished re­ac­tors will pro­duce elec­tric­ity more af­ford­able than any other new elec­tric­ity source, ac­cord­ing to the pro­vin­cial govern­ment’s 2013 Long-Term En­ergy Plan.

Dar­ling­ton’s four re­ac­tors pro­duce 20 per cent of On­tario’s elec­tric­ity. Hy­dro­elec­tric­ity from Que­bec avail­able to­day would not re­place the power out­put of even one re­ac­tor, ac­cord­ing to the In­de­pen­dent Elec­tric­ity Sys­tem Op­er­a­tor.

Ac­cord­ing to the Con­fer­ence Board of Canada, re­fur­bish­ing th­ese re­ac­tors will gen­er­ate bil­lions of eco­nomic ben­e­fits for On­tario, whose work­ers and busi­nesses will re­ceive 96 per cent of the in­vest­ment.

Let’s rec­og­nize that low-car­bon nu­clear en­ergy pro­vides about 60 per cent of On­tario’s elec­tric­ity, re­li­ably and af­ford­able. John Bar­rett, Pres­i­dent and CEO, Cana­dian Nu­clear As­so­ci­a­tion

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