Price should be public, MPP says;

The Belleville Intelligencer: ANTONELLA ARTUSO - February 17, 2010

Ontario electricity customers have the right to know the sticker price on the refurbishment of the Darlington nuclear plant, NDP MPP Peter Tabuns says.
"You don't make a multibillion-dollar decision based on a guess," Tabuns said Tuesday. "Either they're withholding numbers from the public or they're making a guess. In either case, that's indefensible."

Energy Minister Brad Duguid estimated the cost of electricity over the life of the plant is about eight cents a kilowatt hour. He said the total price on the refurbishment will be determined over the next four years.

Ontario Power Generation, which operates the nuclear plants in Pickering and Darlington, has laid out a plan for the next several decades. OPG will spend $300 million to keep Pickering B station functioning safely for the next 10 years, at which point it will be decommissioned.

Darlington continues to perform well and will be refurbished, the OPG says.

Premier Dalton McGuinty was touting his government's green energy agenda earlier in the day.

The Liberals will introduce a resolution to be debated by all MPPs calling on the federal government to invest in Ontario's green plans in its budget.

"I'm not going to pass judgment on the merit of the science associated with carbon sequestration, but ... if the federal government chooses to support that kind of investment, that kind of research, we'd like them to provide comparable levels of financial support for things that we know, in fact, work," McGuinty said.