If the agreement goes ahead as planned, Ontario will buy eight terawatt hours of renewable electricity from Quebec every year for the next 20 years. That's enough power to serve the needs of close to a million homes in Ontario.
This is exciting news for the people of Ontario, who stand to benefit from the expanded import of low-cost Quebec water power. La Presse reports Ontario will pay just over 6 cents per kilowatt hour for this power. This is a bargain, compared to 9 cents to extend Pickering, or 16.5 cents to rebuild Darlington.
This deal is still far from maxing out, both Quebec’s supply of low-cost power and Ontario’s ability to import such clean, green power. But it is a big step and paves the way for expanded imports in the future.
With this agreement in place, there will be even less reason to keep the old and dangerous Pickering Nuclear Station, operating in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area. The government’s next step should be to order Ontario Power Generation to shut down North America’s fourth oldest nuclear plant in 2018, when its licence expires.
Please send the Premier and the Minister a note thanking them for pursuing a deal for clean, low-cost power with Quebec.
Angela Bischoff, Outreach Director
Ontario Clean Air Alliance