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Ontario plans to expand nuclear capacity a positive step toward net zero electricity

The Canadian Climate Institute comments on the Ontario government’s announcement supporting new nuclear generation at Bruce Power.

OTTAWA — Dale Beugin, Executive Vice President of the Canadian Climate Institute, made the following statement in response to the Ontario government’s announcement about new nuclear at Bruce Power: 

“Investing in clean electricity is essential to meet Ontarians’ energy needs on the path to net zero while keeping life affordable and attracting new businesses to the province. By laying the groundwork to expand nuclear generation capacity, the Ontario government and Bruce Power are taking steps to make Ontario’s grid bigger, cleaner and smarter

“Today’s announcement is an important start. The Canadian Energy Regulator’s latest projections confirm that major growth in nuclear power is consistent with making Ontario’s electricity system carbon neutral—alongside massively scaling up wind and solar. Our research has shown that the average Canadian household will spend 12 per cent less on energy by 2050 compared to what they spend today as the country moves toward a net zero future.

“Ontario’s commitment to expanding nuclear power also sends an important signal ahead of the forthcoming federal Clean Electricity Regulations, which puts Canada in league with our OECD partners working to make electricity systems net zero by 2035.”


Andrew Patrick
Senior Communications Specialist
Canadian Climate Institute
(236) 508-9593