Ontario to retire 3,300 MW of coal, replace with nuclear, renewables

Total wind and solar generation on the Independent Electricity System Operator grid will reach about 4,800 MW by February 2014

Toronto, September 13, 2012 — The grid operator for the Canadian province of Ontario said power generators would add more than 3,000 MW of electricity to the system over the next 18 months, half of which will be nuclear energy and half of which will be renewable energy.

Total wind and solar generation on the Independent Electricity System Operator grid will reach about 4,800 MW by February 2014.

Tiverton, Ontario-based Bruce Power, is also planning to restore two reactors at the Bruce Nuclear Generating System to service. The plant, which was built in stages between 1970 and 1987, has a total capacity of 6,300 MW. The reactors in question would provide 750 MW of electricity each.

The IESO said the new generation resources and transmission projects have been brought into service to ensure Ontario can meet future supply needs and to support the government's planned removal of the province's remaining 3,300 MW of coal-fired capacity by the end of 2014.

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