Quicker-to-build green energy technologies are waiting in the wings. Unlike the expensive prototype reactor Premier McGuinty hopes Prime Minister Harper will buy him, conservation, renewables and local generation are proven technologies and their costs are coming down. Renewables generated as much electricity in Germany last year as all of Ontario's nuclear stations.
Bruce Power will focus on the refurbishment of its remaining Bruce A and B units rather than build new reactors in Bruce County in order to supply Ontario with 6,300 megawatts of electricity.
Bruce Power will also withdraw its application to build new reactors in Nanticoke given Ontario’s declining electricity demand.
"They will continue to do a dance because no one wants to be blamed for the failure of AECL as a company," NDP MPP Peter Tabuns said.
"I can't see this project going ahead without the feds or the province pumping huge amounts of public money into making these things economically viable."
Bruce Power has shut down a reactor at the request of the Independent Electricity Market Operator due to a surplus of baseload generation in Ontario as the province experiences both a cooler than normal summer and the fallout of a manufacturing industry hard hit by the recession.
The recent accident at the Krümmel nuclear power plant in northern Germany was more serious than was previously known. Anglea Merkel's Christian Democrats are now finding themselves on the defensive with their plans to extend the life of German nuclear reactors.
It’s funny. People really believe that nuclear power is emissions free. Powering cities with nuclear, they propound, is the panacea to climate change. And yet, if you really take a look at the fuel cycle, it is obvious nuclear energy is, in fact, emissions intensive.
We need your help!
The Ministry of the Environment (MOE) has posted draft regulations on a new approvals process for renewable energy projects: the Renewable Energy Approval (REA). While the proposed regulations are in some ways an improvement to the current system, some of the new requirements are excessively prohibitive and restrict renewable energy development in otherwise suitable sites across the province.
The regulations are available at http://www.ene.gov.on.ca/en/business/green-energy/
We need your help to make sure that the final regulations invite renewable energy projects rather than prohibit them in Ontario.
How can you help? Submit a comment to the Environmental Registry (EBR).
In order to help you participate in this process, the Green Energy Act Alliance has prepared a brief letter in support of our five major recommendations on how to improve the process. Please submit this letter, or your own submission to the Environmental Registry by faxing your letter to (416) 327-9823 or by submitting your comments online at http://www.ebr.gov.on.ca/ERS-WEB-External/displaynoticeconte nt.do?noticeId=MTA2NDQ5&statusId=MTU5NjQ1&language=en.
The letter can be accessed by clicking this link or by going to the homepage of our website www.greenenergyact.ca
All comments must be submitted by 5pm Friday July 24th, 2009. Reference EBR Registry number 010-6516 in the subject line of your submission.
Please let us know if you have submitted either this letter or your own submission.
Green Energy Act Alliance