Category Archives: New Brunswick Power

New Brunswick nuclear reactor set to return to service

(November 14, 2012) The longs delays and major cost overruns associated with the Point Lepreau nuclear power plant refurbishment, due for completion this fall, underscore the risks associated with nuclear technology, says Energy Probe’s Norm Rubin. “Because it’s nuclear it is inherently hazardous and everything has to go right … every kind of small boo-boo turns into a megaproject boo-boo,” said Rubin, who also notes that the peculiar nature of some of the refurbishment project’s problems has “turned this thing into a laughing stock … like dropping a turbine into the ocean.” Continue reading

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Japan crisis won’t deter N.B. nuclear plans: premier

(March 29, 2011) The premier of New Brunswick says he has no concerns about resuming the Province’s nuclear power generation. However, Energy Probe’s Norm Rubin says that the Point Lepreau nuclear plant will continue to be a safety hazard, even after costly refurbishments. Continue reading

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A year after power deal, questions linger

(Oct. 29, 2010) One of the first things that you have to do to get real in planning an electricity system and running it, is to pass on the real commercial style costs of manufacturing electricity to your consumers, says Energy Probe’s Norm Rubin. Continue reading

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Problems plague N.B. power on anniversary of Quebec deal

(Oct. 29, 2010) One year on from New Brunswick’s power deal with Quebec, the problems remain, reports the Canadian Press. Continue reading

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Looking at NB Power numbers

(Aug. 28) Norm Rubin with the Toronto-based energy watchdog group Energy Probe says he is concerned that NB Power might be forced to go too far in cost-cutting efforts in order to freeze the power rate, postponing such things as required maintenance, writes W.E. (Bill) Belliveau in the Times and Transcript. Continue reading

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Looking at NB Power numbers

(August 28, 2010) As Prime Minister Harper rattles around the Arctic pumping the need for fighter planes and Arctic sovereignty and warning of Russian bomber threats that justify the recently announced $9 billion dollar purchase of U.S. manufactured fighter planes, NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command says that at no time did Russian bombers enter Canadian airspace this week.
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N.B. Tories promise energy rate freeze, but expert questions wisdom behind plan

(Aug. 24, 2010) FREDERICTON – New Brunswick’s Conservative leader is promising to freeze power rates for 2 1/2 years if he’s elected next month, but one expert questioned the wisdom of that proposal as the province’s utility grapples with a massive debt. Continue reading

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