Pickering

Pickering nuclear is a critical asset to Ontario’s Long Term Energy Plan and meeting climate targets. One in seven homes and businesses are powered by Pickering displacing millions of emissions every year. Need Proof?

1) Every year, Ontario’s nuclear fleet helps avoid tens of thousands of tons of smog producing pollutants and millions of tons of climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions. Pickering alone helps to offset 17 million tons of CO2, which is the same as taking 3.4 million cars off the road. (Globe and Mail, “Nuclear Energy: Ontario’s greenhouse gas reducing advantage.”)

2) Nuclear energy combined with hydro emerges as a comprehensive answer to meeting ambitious climate change goals. (Professor Jatin Nathwani, Ontario research chair and executive director of the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy at the University of Waterloo, “Could nuclear energy be Ontario’s trump card?”, TVO.)

3) Nuclear power is the backbone of Ontario’s energy system and helped to improve air quality in the province, “nuclear power emits neither greenhouse gases nor pollution.” (Postmedia Network, “Nuclear power key to Ontario’s future,” Sudbury Star.)

The cost of nuclear power is far cheaper than some other sources of power and will save money for homes and businesses. Need Proof?

1) According to data supplied through the Regulated Price Plan, Price Report, it costs 48.1 cents per kWh for solar, 13.3 cents per kWh for wind and only 6.8 cents per kWh for nuclear power. (Ontario Energy Board.)

2) Nuclear power means paying less carbon tax as nuclear energy does not emit carbon. As reported last fall, the carbon tax could equal higher heating costs depending on the energy mix. (Tracy Johnson, “What a carbon price means for consumers,” CBC.)

3) Continuing to operate Pickering will save Ontario consumers $600 million dollars over seven years. (“Ontario Moving Forward with Nuclear Refurbishment at Darlington and Pursuing Continued Operations at Pickering to 2024,” Ontario Ministry of Energy.)

Pickering is responsible for keeping jobs in Ontario by employing thousands of people in the Durham region. Need Proof?

1) Extending commercial operations at Pickering is associated with 4,500 direct and indirect jobs and is the largest employer across the Durham region. (OPG website and Ontario Ministry of Energy.)

2) Adrian Foster, the Mayor of Clarington, urged the province of Ontario to include nuclear as part of its energy supply strategy as a means of helping both the economy and the environment. (“Clarington mayor urges province to focus on nuclear power,” DurhamRegion.com.)

3) According to Natural Resources Canada, the full-suite of the nuclear industry in Canada, including the Pickering generating station, contributes over a billion dollars to federal and provincial revenues and employs over 30,000 Canadians directly. The economic benefits of Canada’s nuclear industry have been corroborated by a Conference Board of Canada report on Refurbishment and a Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters study on the Economic Benefits of Nuclear in Canada. Canada, “Refurbishment and “The Economic Benefits of Refurbishing and Operating Canada’s Nuclear Reactors,” Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters.)