Category Archives: Nuclear Economics

Apocalypse now?

(March 29, 2008) To most of us, the consequences of a meltdown or some other catastrophic accident at a nuclear reactor are unimaginable. Continue reading

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Nuclear giant plans 4 reactors; Bruce Power proposes $10B

(March 14, 2008) The only private operator of nuclear plants in Canada, Bruce Power LP, plans to bring nuclear power to Alberta, saying Thursday it hopes to build a $10-billion-plus generating complex near Peace River. Continue reading

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Warmed-over nukes

(March 8, 2008) The world is whooshing to nuclear energy. Just this week, Britain announced 18 new nuclear reactor sites in its bid to reduce its greenhouse-gas emissions. French President Nicolas Sarkozy is on a Mid-East nuclear-selling spree, to cash in on interest in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Algeria, and Libya. Continue reading

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Nuke sector on upswing?

(March 7, 2008) Two Canadian mega-projects in works, but critics still battling. CALGARY – With two nuclear mega-projects planned for Alberta and Ontario, the sector is showing signs of growth for the first time in decades, but critics warn those sorts of major projects are fraught with risk. Continue reading

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The Nuclear Power Baseload Myth

(January 18, 2008) MR.RUBIN: Madam Chair, my comments deal with issues concerning nuclear power, and we offer them to urge this Board to do two things: To stipulate and construe the nuclear issues as broadly as possible; and, in particular, to seek mechanisms to ensure that Ontario ratepayers and taxpayers are protected from the peculiar risks presented by nuclear power. Continue reading

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Struggling abroad, AECL says it’s found new hope

(September 5, 2007) Stung by criticism that it is being left on the sidelines of a global nuclear resurgence, Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. (AECL) yesterday trumpeted an agreement with China and Argentina to co-operate in building new Candu reactors in the three countries. Continue reading

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Economics and NIMBY cools U.S. to nuclear power plants

(July 28, 2007) An American professor and publisher of an energy newsletter is arguing that Canada should take advantage of the “stupidity of Americans” by building nuclear power plants to supply a growing need south of the border. Continue reading

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Areva keen to form ‘partnership’ with AECL

(July 10, 2007) Areva of France, the world’s biggest nuclear energy company, is keen to invest in or form a partnership with Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. but says it hasn’t got a club whether Ottawa is ready to deal. Continue reading

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Partial sale of Canada’s nuclear giant source of speculation

(July 6, 2007) Toronto: The partial sale of Canada’s Crown-owned nuclear giant is the source of speculation once again. Continue reading

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Manufactured power crisis

(April 19, 2007) The Ontario government had several objectives in entering into a sole-source contract with Bruce Power to buy electricity from Bruce’s nuclear expansion. One of them, detailed in the Auditor-General’s report, was to conceal the consumer impacts. Mr. Hawthorne’s letter (refer below) aids the government in achieving this objective. Continue reading

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