McGuinty Government's Energy Plan Does Not Include Nuclear at Nanticoke

    Push For Increase in Conservation and Renewables like Sun, Wind and Water

    TORONTO, Oct. 31 /CNW/ -


    The Government of Ontario has not encouraged or solicited a proposal to
build a nuclear generating station in the Haldimand-Norfolk region.
    Ontario is not looking to build new nuclear facilities at Nanticoke. This
course of action is speculative and is being conducted by a private company.
    The McGuinty government's long-term energy plan includes renewing its
nuclear fleet but at the same level it's been at for about 20 years. The plan
seeks to ensure adequate baseload electricity supply while limiting the future
use of nuclear power to today's installed capacity level of about
14,000 megawatts.
    Dirty coal-fired electricity generation is going out of commission as the
government closes off Nanticoke's history as a coal burner.
    The McGuinty government believes coal replacement should come from
conservation and intensifying its reliance on renewable forms of energy, such
as the sun, wind, water and biomass.


    "As we get out of using coal-fired generation for electricity, we're
looking for opportunities to replace that as much as possible with
conservation and take full advantage of more renewable energy," said George
Smitherman, Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and Infrastructure. "Adding
more nuclear beyond the existing supply of 50 per cent is not in Ontario's
plans or in Ontario's interest."


    -  Nuclear energy has been a part of Ontario's energy supply since the
    -  Nuclear energy currently provides approximately half the power used by
       Ontarians today

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For further information:

For further information: Amy Tang, Minister's Office, (416) 327-6747;
Sylvia Kovesfalvi, Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, (416) 327-4334

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