Re­fur­bish On­tario’s nu­clear re­ac­tors

Montreal Gazette - - CITY -

Re: “A win-win en­ergy plan for Que­bec, On­tario” (Opin­ion, Dec. 5)

Jack Gibbons, cur­rent chair of the On­tario Clean Air Al­liance, ar­gues On­tario should pur­chase hy­dro power from Que­bec to re­place the 60 per cent of its power gen­er­ated by nu­clear en­ergy. In 2017, On­tario’s In­de­pen­dent Elec­tric­ity Sys­tem Oper­a­tor (IESO) looked at the elec­tri­cal in­ter­con­nec­tions be­tween On­tario and Que­bec. It found the max­i­mum po­ten­tial of re­li­able im­port ca­pa­bil­ity from Que­bec into On­tario is 2,050 MW, or ap­prox­i­mately 15 per cent of On­tario’s in­stalled nu­clear gen­er­at­ing ca­pac­ity. Ac­cord­ing to the IESO, im­port­ing this amount would re­quire five to seven years of up­grades to On­tario’s trans­mis­sion sys­tem at a cost of at least $220 mil­lion. Any more im­ports would take about 10 years and re­quire the con­struc­tion of up to $1.4 bil­lion in new lines and ad­di­tional in­fra­struc­ture in both prov­inces. On­tario’s nu­clear plants pro­duce elec­tric­ity safely and re­li­ably at 30 per cent less than the av­er­age cost. Re­fur­bish­ing On­tario’s nu­clear re­ac­tors will ex­tend their lives for decades, pro­vide a cost-ef­fec­tive, long-term sup­ply of clean elec­tric­ity, cre­ate thou­sands of jobs and gen­er­ate life-sav­ing med­i­cal iso­topes in the process. John Bar­rett, pres­i­dent and CEO, Cana­dian Nu­clear As­so­ci­a­tion, Ot­tawa


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