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McGuinty Government's Energy Plan Does Not Include Nuclear at Nanticoke

CNW NEWS: TORONTO, October 31, 2008

Push For Increase in Conservation and Renewables like Sun, Wind and Water

The Government of Ontario has not encouraged or solicited a proposal to build a nuclear generating station in the Haldimand-Norfolk region. Ontario is not looking to build new nuclear facilities at Nanticoke. This course of action is speculative and is being conducted by a private company.

The McGuinty government's long-term energy plan includes renewing its nuclear fleet but at the same level it's been at for about 20 years. The plan seeks to ensure adequate baseload electricity supply while limiting the future use of nuclear power to today's installed capacity level of about 14,000 megawatts.

Dirty coal-fired electricity generation is going out of commission as the government closes off Nanticoke's history as a coal burner.

The McGuinty government believes coal replacement should come from conservation and intensifying its reliance on renewable forms of energy, such as the sun, wind, water and biomass.

QUOTES:

"As we get out of using coal-fired generation for electricity, we're looking for opportunities to replace that as much as possible with conservation and take full advantage of more renewable energy," said George Smitherman, Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and Infrastructure. "Adding more nuclear beyond the existing supply of 50 per cent is not in Ontario's plans or in Ontario's interest."

QUICK FACTS:

- Nuclear energy has been a part of Ontario's energy supply since the 1960s

- Nuclear energy currently provides approximately half the power used by Ontarians today

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