On January 11, 2016, the Ontario Government announced that Ontario Power Generation’s Pickering nuclear facility would operate until 2024 as a critical element of Ontario’s Long Term Energy Plan going forward. The announcement was reiterated in the Speech from the Throne.
This decision was made by Premier Wynne and her government following extensive cost-benefit analyses. It supports the continued reliability of the Ontario electricity system, the life extension programs at Bruce Power and Darlington, the delivery of the Province’s 2020 climate change commitments, and the assurance that electricity customers receive the full benefit of this provincially-owned asset.
It is imperative to make sure that our positive message is heard, as anti-nuclear groups are spreading misinformation related to this decision and to the important role of the Pickering facility.
Pickering’s CANDU Units will provide low-cost electricity to families and businesses, 24/7 system reliability, and clean electricity to meet our climate change targets. Pickering will help to supply Ontario with non-emitting energy to further reduce harmful carbon emissions, and it will continue to employ 4,500 Ontarians in good jobs.
As we mark the one-year anniversary of this important announcement for Pickering, it is important to share with our leaders the benefits of this decision for the Durham/Pickering region and across Ontario, and to thank them for their leadership in supporting Ontario’s Nuclear Advantage in the Long Term Energy Plan.