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Ontario Aims To Refurbish Pickering Nuclear Plant

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Nuclear Plant

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In order to avoid a looming shortage of electricity, sources told The Canadian Press that Ontario is considering a refurbishment that could keep the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station in operation for several more decades. The nuclear plant, which generated 14% of the province’s electricity last year, was scheduled to close in 2025.

Energy Minister Todd Smith is expected to announce that the government is now asking Crown corporation Ontario Power Generation to keep the plant operating until September 2026, according to sources with knowledge of the new plan who were not authorized to speak publicly.

According to the sources, the government has also asked OPG to determine whether refurbishing the Pickering plant a process that can extend a plant’s lifespan by 30 years is worthwhile. 

According to critics in the opposition, Ontario wouldn’t be experiencing such a severe shortage of energy if the Progressive Conservative administration hadn’t terminated 750 green energy contracts during its first term. The province didn’t require electricity, according to the Tories, and the contracts increased ratepayers’ costs.

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