Bayshore Broadcasting News Centre
January 16, 2015
OCAA Opposes Bruce Restart
Clean Air Alliance concerned about conflict, wants to buy energy from Quebec
(Click here to listen to an interview with Jack Gibbons on this issue.)
(Kincardine) Plans to refurbish the four Bruce B Units at the Bruce nuclear generating station in Tiverton are being opposed by the Ontario Clean Air Alliance.
Chair Jack Gibbons says Ontario should be negotiating a long-term contract with Hydro Quebec for electricity generated by water power at a cost of about 3 cents a kilowatt hour.
Gibbons says Hydro Quebec has a new power plant coming on stream by 2020 that will add 1500 megawatts of electricity to the system.
At the same time, he claims Hydro Quebec is selling surplus power now to the U.S. for roughly 3 cents a kwh.
Gibbons says he is also opposed to the negotiations right now between the Independent Electricity System Operator and Bruce Power on the refurbishment plan.
He says members of the IESO are members of the Power Workers Union and the Society of Professional Engineers who own roughly seven per cent of Bruce Power.
The Ontario Clean Air Alliance sees that as a conflict of interest since the union members stand to benefit from the negotiations.
Gibbons says the 60 billion dollar refurbishment will be paid for by Bruce Power, but Ontario residents will pay that back through higher electricity rates.