Whitby-Oshawa By-Election Questionnaire responses

In response to an Ontario Clean Air Alliance (OCAA) questionnaire, the PC and Green Party candidates in the Whitby-Oshawa provincial by-election said that they are opposed to raising General Motors’ electricity rates to subsidize the re-building of the Darlington Nuclear Station.

According to PC Candidate, Lorne Coe, “…our electricity rates are among the highest in North America, and are expected to continue to rise by 42% between 2013 and 2018. Companies like General Motors are shutting down production lines, choosing to operate in the U.S. or Mexico instead of Ontario because it is more affordable.”

Stacey Leadbetter, the Green Party candidate said that the “GPO has long advocated importing low-cost water power from Quebec, investing in energy efficiency to help people save money by saving energy and taking advantage of the dramatically declining cost of renewable energy.”

According to Elizabeth Roy, the Liberal candidate, “Refurbished nuclear is expected to be the most cost-effective baseload generation available to Ontario… the refurbishment of Darlington will secure enough power to meet 20% of Ontario’s daily energy needs.”

Niki Lundquist, the NDP candidate said that the provincial government “has not provided a proper business case that clearly and transparently examines the costs, benefits and risks of this massively expensive and complex project. Instead, this decision was made behind closed doors by politicians and we have no way of knowing the full impact on our electricity bills or the manufacturing sector.”

According to Ontario Power Generation (OPG), the cost of electricity from a re-built Darlington Nuclear Station will be 7 to 8 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh). This is 25% to 43% higher than OPG’s average sales price for nuclear electricity in 2014, namely, 5.6 cents per kWh.

Every nuclear project in Ontario’s history has gone massively over budget – on average by 2.5 times. If history repeats itself, the cost of power from a re-built Darlington Nuclear Station will be 15 cents per kWh or more.

To read the candidates complete responses please click here.

To see how the cost of the Darlington Re-Build Project compares with the costs of our other electricity options, please click here.