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Pickering Nuclear plant exit looms, threatening Ontario’s reputation for clean electricity

PICKERING’S EXIT IS FAST APPROACHING. Ontario’s reputation as a clean energy jurisdiction is in jeopardy, as Pickering—a huge block of zero emitting power generation—is slated for retirement in sixteen short months. At the very least, the plant must be life extended. Then, its owner, Ontario Power Generation (OPG), must decide to refurbish it, or replace it with new nuclear capacity.

Alberta is in a direr position As Fig 1 shows, there is little hope of that province dropping GHG emissions to zero by 2030. On its current policy trajectory, the best Alberta can do is slightly reduce the rate at which its electricity generating sector emits GHGs. Time is of the essence. It makes sense, then, to build zero-emitting generation capacity as quickly as possible, using construction teams that have proven they can deliver projects on time…

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