TORONTO, Jan. 10, 2013 /CNW/ - The Society of Energy Professionals says
that the Ontario Government's decision to close both the Lambton and
Nanticoke Generating stations later this year is a huge mistake.
Society Vice-President Joe Fierro says that instead of closing the
stations, "both Lambton and Nanticoke should be converted by OPG to
burn either biomass or natural gas and continue to be contributors to
the province's energy supply."
Fierro says that in the first 9 months of 2012, the OPG Thermal plants
were paid an average rate of 3.5 cents/KWh while the average cost to
ratepayers in the province for electricity generated by others
excluding OPG was 8.3 cents/kWh.
"The electricity generated from these 2 plants to be shutdown is less
than half the price of the average of the other generators. This
decision will drive rates up for all ratepayers."
Fierro added that the decision to shut down the Lambton and Nanticoke
generating stations will put over 100 people out of work at Lambton and
over 250 people out of work at Nanticoke.
"The loss of these well-paying full time jobs will cause significant
hardship to the local economy and drive up unemployment in communities
already struggling," Fierro said. "The stations purchase supplies and
services from the local community thus creating spinoff employment and
income to the local communities which will not continue after the
Fierro said the Lambton plant has flue gas desulphurization equipment
(FGD) to remove sulphur dioxide and both the Lambton and Nanticoke
plants have the technology to remove nitrous oxide from the exhaust it
produces and are among the cleanest coal units in the northeast
US/Central Canada air shed.
The Society Vice-President said "these plants can run for many more
years and the rate payers of the province will see a financial loss as
these plants will now be written off prematurely rather than continue
to run and generate safe, reliable and low cost electricity."
He also stated, "This government needs to begin to show the voters in
this province that it supports publicly owned OPG by ensuring that it
is provided with fair rates for its electricity and given opportunities
to develop new generating plants to allow OPG to continue to be the low
cost producer of electricity and have a moderating affect on
electricity prices in the province and not slowly dismantled piece by
The Society of Energy Professionals represents more than 8300 engineers,
telecommunications and information technology professionals, scientists
and others who for generations have designed, built, operated and
helped safeguard Ontario's vast electricity system. The Society's
members work for Ontario Power Generation, Hydro One, Bruce Power, the
IESO, the OEB, the ESA and other key electricity sector employers.
SOURCE: The Society of Energy Professionals
For further information:
Joe Fierro cell 416- 931-8836
Bob Kanduth 416-979-2709 x 4002 cell 647- 404-8918