Why nuclear energy? - Canadian Nuclear Association

Why nuclear energy?

Every source of electrical power has advantages. In the case of nuclear power, those advantages are clean and environmentally friendly operation, affordability, safety over its entire supply chain, and round-the-clock reliability.


Fossil fuels release pollutants and carbon dioxide, which contribute to climate change; producing electricity in nuclear reactors creates no emissions. When the whole life-cycle of power generation is taken into account, nuclear power is one of the cleanest forms of energy, behind only hydroelectric and wind power.


Fuel and operational costs for nuclear power are very low, making it more affordable than gas, wind, and solar power. And because most of the cost of nuclear power is derived from the construction of facilities, pricing is both stable and predictable.


There is nothing more important than safety in the nuclear industry: it is more important than cost, reliability, or any other concern. Canada’s reactors are the most protected infrastructure in the country, and there has not been a single death from radiation exposure at a Canadian nuclear power plant in over 50 years.


Unlike most other forms of electricity generation, nuclear power plants are designed to operate continuously, which is ideal for utilities that need a dependable baseload source of electricity at all times of the day and night. And because the uranium that powers nuclear reactors is plentiful in Canada, nuclear power is reliable over economic cycles as well.