Wind and Solar vs Nuclear
- May 25, 2021 12:23 pm GMT
New Brunswick is the home of the only Nuclear Generating Station outside of Ontario. The Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station produces 39% of NB’s energy and has a capacity of 705MW. It has been running for 37 years and was built at an estimated cost of $1.4 billion (CAD). Refurbishments to the station were completed in 2012 at a cost of $2.4 billion, a billion dollars over budget (CAD). A billion dollars (CAD) could pay 32 051 people $15/hr for fulltime work, for one year. A further $500 million (CAD) has been spent to curb reliability issues that emerged after the costly refurbishment. For reasons both financial and energy-related, the conversation about nuclear energy and renewables is one that needs to be had here in New Brunswick. That is precisely the conversation this piece hopes to begin.
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