Nuclear energy still best deal
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