Three years after its unveiling, Ontario will take another look at its 20-year energy plan for the province. But Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli said not to expect “revolutionary” change in current policy. That includes significant investment in nuclear power, with provincially owned Ontario Power Generation poised to make multi-billion-dollar decisions about its nuclear plants. Nor will the province back away from its commitment to renewable power, Chiarelli said following a speech to the Ontario Power Conference.
The plan, presented in 2010, called for a significant boost in renewable power – with wind alone generating 10 per cent of the province’s electricity by 2030. It also said nuclear plants should continue to supply about half Ontario’s power. But with the Pickering nuclear station expected to close by about 2020 and the Darlington station in dire need a mid-life refit, maintaining that output will require massive investment.
Ontario Power Generation proposes to spend many billions of dollars – precise cost estimates haven’t been made – in overhauling Darlington. It also proposes to build two new nuclear units at the station. Chiarelli said those plans probably won’t be affected by the energy plan review. “It’s not likely that there will be major changes in the base nuclear policy,” he said. “There may be some adjustments to it in some ways, but not likely significant, revolutionary change in the plan going forward.”
He gave the same answer for renewable power such as wind and solar. “At this point in time the government is very committed continuing going forward with renewables,” he said. Read article