Friday, March 14, 2008

Alberta nuclear power plant(s) seeking permission

Reduce greenhouse gases, if you really want to. While allowing economic growth, if you want to. Nuclear power helps with both. But if the greens just want to stop growth, they will fight this. - An Ontario-based company that operates Canada’s first private nuclear electricity generating plant has announced it’s one step closer to building Western Canada’s first nuclear facility. Bruce Power says in a news release it’s been successful in acquiring the assets of Energy Alberta Corp. and has filed an application with the Nuclear Safety Commission to build a power plant in northwestern Alberta. The company says it’s considering construction of up to four reactors, which could produce 4,000 megawatts of electricity — enough power to supply roughly two million homes. It says it’s been estimated that the province’s red-hot economy will create a demand for an additional 5,000 megawatts of supply by 2017, when the first unit of the project could be ready to come online. Duncan Hawthorne, chief executive of Bruce Power, says while the approval process could take about three years, the company is ready to do technical studies and consultations with local residents and aboriginal communities.

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