Ontario plans to extend life of Pickering nuclear plant, eyes refurbishment

Allison Jones, The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, September 29, 2022 5:29AM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, September 29, 2022 10:13AM EDT

Ontario says it plans to extend the life of the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station by one year.

Energy Minister Todd Smith says he has asked Ontario Power Generation to keep the plant going until September 2026.

The nuclear plant accounted for 14 per cent of electricity generation in the province last year.

The plan needs approval from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.

The province has also asked OPG to to examine whether Pickering is worth refurbishing, a process that can see a plant produce power for another 30 years.

Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator has sought procurements of energy generation sources to address supply as electricity demand increases.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 29, 2022.