RC108 SeptOct2023 - Magazine - Page 6
ONTARIO BEGINS PROCESS FOR
NEW NUCLEAR GENERATING STATION
is the first step in
process for approving
and building new nuclear
projects, which could
take a decade or longer.
THE GOVERNMENT OF ONTARIO and Bruce Power announced
the start of pre-development work for the first large-scale
nuclear build in the province since 1993.
Bruce Power will start community consultations and
conduct the environmental assessment for federal approval to determine the feasibility of siting up to 4,800 megawatts (MW) of new nuclear generation on its current site.
“With our plan already in place to meet demand this
decade, we are starting the pre-development work to
identify future generation options, including reliable,
affordable and clean nuclear energy, that will power our
province into the future,” said Ontario Energy Minister
Federal approval is the first step in a comprehensive
process for approving and building new nuclear power
generation projects, which could take a decade or longer.
Recognizing new nuclear generation will be critical to
making the province’s electricity grid even cleaner, the
province said it will continue to work with the federal
government to identify and highlight opportunities to
reduce inefficiencies and minimize duplication when it
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comes to federal major project reviews to reduce emissions
by getting clean energy projects built quicker.
Initiating this early planning will ensure the province
has a reliable, low-cost, and clean option available to power the next major international investment, the new homes
being built in the province, and industries and sectors
across the province as they grow and electrify.
“Nuclear power has been the stable backbone of
Ontario’s clean electricity system for decades and Bruce
Power is ready to play an integral role in addressing the
province’s future needs, while supporting good jobs and
economic prosperity for the future,” said Mike Rencheck,
president and CEO of Bruce Power.
This pre-development work will help evaluate the
suitability of the site by examining the impacts of a new
facility on the environment, the public and Indigenous
communities. It will take several years to complete,
involving significant public input and consultations with
Indigenous communities, and is a pre-requisite for the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission’s multi-stage licensing
process for new large-scale nuclear stations.
Bruce Power has begun the process to study the feasibility of siting up to 4,800 megawatts of new nuclear generation on its current site.