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[cdn-nucl-l] AECL letter, Toronto Star, nuclear electricity part of solution
Act now to save electricity system
The Toronto Star, Fri 27 Feb 2004
Big chill ahead for Ontario energy
Atomic Energy of Canada Limited agrees with David Hughes of the Geological
Survey of Canada that decisions and actions must be taken now to minimize
the supply gap to the electricity system in Ontario and that
nuclear-generated electricity is part of the solution.
Ontario needs both refurbishment of existing nuclear plants and new CANDU
nuclear power plants to meet the inevitable short- and long-term electricity
However, the inference made that AECL is responsible for the province being
"badly burned by reactors that chronically were late, had huge cost overruns
and were unreliable" is simply unfair.
AECL's CANDU 6 is the reactor of choice by utilities on four continents
operating at capacity factors near 90 per cent, underscoring its
Over the past decade, AECL and its international partners have built six
reactors on time and on budget, the most recent being two CANDU reactors in
AECL proposes to deliver nuclear projects in Ontario using the same
successful model to ensure a system that provides cheaper, safer and a
cleaner supply of electricity to the citizens of this province.
Michael Taylor, Vice President
Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, Mississauga