Ontario will not build new nuclear plants

Ontario‘s energy minister Bob Chiarelli said his province would abandon its plans for new nuclear power plants in favor of revitalizing older power plants.

“There is a strong consensus that now is not the right time to build new nuclear, and refurbishment is where we should be going,” Chiarelli said.

Nuclear energy provided some 56 percent of Ontario’s power generation output in 2012, however, so nuclear power will continue to be important to the province for the foreseeable future.

Ontario has 18 reactors, about 20 to 40 years old, operating out of three generating facilities with a combined generating capacity of 12,900 MW.

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