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Subject: Support for CANDU-supplied electrical power
Date: Wed, 23 Feb 2005 15:28:19 -0500
From: Corcoran, Peter
Thank you for your email correspondence outlining your support for
electrical energy and your particular support for CANDU-supplied,
nuclear power as a clean, greenhouse-gas (GHG) free energy option.
Your note was referred to me..
As you know, the Government of Canada supports a diversified mix of
electricity sources, such as hydro, natural gas, nuclear and coal. As
well, it encourages the development of alternative sources of energy,
including wind, biomass, solar, geothermal and tidal, which help to
meet Canada's electricity requirements and clean-air commitments.
As you correctly point out, nuclear provides a win-win option on both
fronts. Canadian nuclear technology remains an important option for
meeting Canada's energy needs in the future, as well as its air
quality and climate change objectives. Furthermore, our support for
nuclear research and development over the past fifty years has
resulted in a number of benefits to Canada and Canadian industry, most
notably the CANDU reactor system.
Your concerns about electricity supply are understandable. Studies
prepared for the Ontario government have indicated that the province
will face significant baseload capacity shortfalls without new builds,
and that nuclear power will need to play a major continuing role in
the province's energy supply. Ontario has not yet committed to a new
reactor build, but given the anticipated capacity constraints and the
length of time needed to complete a major capital project, decisions
will need to be made soon.
CANDU has been a Canadian success story with a track record of
excellent performance in export markets, most recently in China.
Commitments to new builds by Canadian utilities would help ensure the
continued vitality of the industry which has had, and I hope will
continue to have, an important role to play in our country.
I wish to thank you again for your letter in support of the nuclear
option and a made-in-Canada nuclear technology.
Peter D. Corcoran
Senior Advisor, Nuclear Regulatory and Commercial Affairs
Nuclear Energy Division, Electricity Resources Branch, Energy Policy
Natural Resources Canada, 580 Booth Street, Ottawa, ON, K1A 0E4
Phone: (613) 992-9845 Fax: (613) 995-0087
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