Ontario Nuclear Advantage

Ontario’s Nuclear Advantage

Providing low-cost power to families and businesses

Get the facts on nuclear power and energy pricing in Ontario.

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Low-cost nuclear power meets 60% of Ontario’s energy needs. It is the backbone of the province’s electricity system, and the reasons are clear:

  • The cost of nuclear power generation in Ontario is significantly lower than the average residential price. It provides families and businesses with a low-cost source of electricity that saves money compared to other energy options.
  • Ontario’s three nuclear facilities – Bruce Power, OPG Darlington and OPG Pickering – create jobs and economic growth in communities across the province.
  • Nuclear power helps Ontario meet its climate change goals by keeping the air clean.

Modern health care around the world capitalizes on Ontario’s role as a leading supplier of Cobalt-60.

Ontario has made nuclear electricity a key element in its Long-Term Energy Plan (LTEP) because it provides many benefits. Low-cost electricity, clean air and local jobs are just some of them.

The long-term investment programs underway across Ontario’s nuclear fleet – including OPG Pickering, OPG Darlington and Bruce Power – will secure this low-cost source of electricity over the long term, while meeting our needs today. Nuclear generation in Ontario is currently paid 6.6 cents per kilowatt/hour (kw/h) compared to the average residential price of 11 cents per kw/h.

Ontarians will also benefit from avoided costs of cap and trade by using clean nuclear. In fact, between 2017 and 2064, carbon-free nuclear from Bruce Power and OPG, when compared to alternatives, will avoid between $18 billion and $95 billion in carbon costs that ratepayers would have to fund if this output was replaced by fossil fuels.

There is a myth that, due to the capital investments required in nuclear power, the consequence is a high price of electricity, which simply isn’t true, because nuclear facilities operate for decades and generate large volumes of electricity on a consistent basis. Ontario’s nuclear facilities have a demonstrated track record of high reliability.

  • Bruce Power will be investing $13 billion into its Life-Extension Program, allowing its units to operate through 2064. The Bruce Power site is home to eight CANDU reactors.
  • OPG will be refurbishing its units at Darlington between 2016 and 2026 at a cost of $12.8 billion, allowing them to run through the late-2050s. The Darlington facility is home to four CANDU reactors.

The cost paid to nuclear covers everything including the operation of the facility, investments and long-term liabilities, including waste and the eventual decommissioning at its end of life.

Get the facts. It’s critical for Ontarians to understand the details about energy pricing and the positive role nuclear energy plays. Learn more about Ontario’s Nuclear Advantage.

Latest News

Bruce Power Signs Biggest Contract For MCR

Monday, March 19, 2018
Bruce Power has signed a $130-million deal for new steam generators for Unit 6 with a joint venture of three suppliers, AECOM, Framatome and Aecon, known as the Steam Generator Replacement Team.

BWXT Nuclear Energy Canada Awarded CA$168 Million Contract Extension for OPG Nuclear Fuel Manufacturing

Monday, March 12, 2018
PETERBOROUGH, Ontario--(Business Wire)--BWX Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:BWXT) announced today that its subsidiary BWXT Nuclear Energy Canada Inc. (BWXT NEC) has been awarded a CA$168 million, five-year contract extension to manufacture fuel for Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) Darlington and Pickering nuclear generating stations. The deal extends BWXT NEC’s current fuel manufacturing arrangement with OPG to the end of 2023.

Bruce Power signs Leadership Accord on Gender Diversity

Friday, March 9, 2018
Bruce Power has proudly reinforced its commitment to gender diversity and inclusion. Mike Rencheck, Bruce Power’s President and CEO, recently signed the Canadian Electricity Industry Leadership Accord on Gender Diversity, publicly committing to promote the values of diversity and inclusion within their organizations.

Pickering Company Grows to Support Darlington Refurbishment

Friday, March 2, 2018
March 2, 2018, Pickering – At Tetra Tech, staffing levels in the Power Division have more than doubled since 2013, in large part because of its work on the Darlington Refurbishment project with ES Fox and Ontario Power Generation.

Indigenous Relations Supplier Network to connect nuclear partners with communities

Friday, February 23, 2018
TIVERTON, ON – February 22, 2018 – Bruce Power and its supplier partners have created an Indigenous Relations Supplier Network (IRSN) as they look to further strengthen their relationships with local Indigenous communities.

New $30M nuclear contracts could create 40 jobs at BWXT

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
CAMBRIDGE — BWXT Canada Ltd. has landed new contracts worth about $30 million to design and supply heat exchangers for the Bruce nuclear power station, as a long-term refurbishment project continues.

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