No Nukes News: Nuclear re-build will drive up electricity bills

Angela Bischoff-OCAA angela at cleanairalliance.org
Tue Oct 26 16:44:26 EDT 2010


No Nukes News

 

Oct. 26, 2010

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How the proposed Darlington nuclear re-build will drive up electricity bills

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11 minute video with Jack Gibbons, Ontario Clean Air Alliance

http://www.cleanairalliance.org/

 

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New Brunswick Premier Seeks Federal Funds for Reactor Delay

 

New Brunswick Premier David Alward will be pressing Prime Minister Stephen
Harper for federal funding to cover the escalating cost overruns associated
with the delayed $1.4-billion Point Lepreau nuclear refurbishment project.


 
<http://www.cbc.ca/canada/new-brunswick/story/2010/10/21/nb-alward-harper-ae
cl-lepreau-delays-949.html?ref=rss>
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/new-brunswick/story/2010/10/21/nb-alward-harper-aec
l-lepreau-delays-949.html?ref=rss 

Background:  When NB Power's proposal to refurbish the Point Lepreau reactor
was examined by the Utility Board, the advice was unequivocal: don't do it!
The financial risk was much too great for the province to undertake and
cheaper alternatives were readily available.

 

The province ignored this advice and went ahead  anyway. The project was
supposed to take a year-and-a-half.  Now it has stretched to at least
four-and-a-half years, and now the Premier wants OTHER CANADIANS --
taxpayers from other provinces -- to pay for New Brunswick's bad decision.

 

If you do not think this is fair, write to the federal government and tell
them that you do not want to have your taxes subsidize NB's refurbishment
project.

-          Gordon Edwards.

 

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Bruce Power nuclear waste ruling delayed 


Bruce Power will have to wait a bit longer to see if it has permission to
ship 16 radiation-contaminated steam generators through the Great Lakes and
down the St. Lawrence River en route to Sweden.


http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2010/10/18/bruce-power-nuclear-waste-sweden.h
tml

 

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Nuclear Delays and Overruns

 

NDP MPP Michael Prue today urged Minister of Energy to publicly review
Darlington refurbishment costs in light of further delays to Refurbishment
of Bruce A. 

Mr. Michael Prue:  The refurbishment of Bruce Power has been delayed again.
This is not surprising, though, because every nuclear project in Ontario's
history has been delayed and been over budget. Given that the cost of
building and refurbishing nuclear plants has doubled and the cost of
renewable energy is falling, why has this government ruled out increasing
renewable power and reducing nuclear in advance of its electricity plan
consultations?...

The minister says that Ontario ratepayers won't pay for cost overruns on the
Bruce refurbishment, but that's only because the government signed a
sweetheart deal that overpays Bruce Power for electricity it doesn't even
produce and because federal taxpayers are subsidizing the refurbishment
through the AECL. Now the McGuinty government plans to refurbish the
Darlington nuclear plant at a cost of $10 billion, before the cost overruns
even occur. Why won't this minister hold a public inquiry into the cost of
refurbishing Darlington before committing Ontarians to another nuclear
boondoggle?

Watch the 3 minute video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCPckuWzzkc

 

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The 4th Revolution - Energy Autonomy

 

Energy entirely from renewable sources, accessible to everyone, affordable
and clean. Utopia? Not quite, as Carl A. Fechner's documentary "Energy
autonomy - the 4th revolution" shows.  A visionary film, arguing that
through energy autonomy we can positively influence the balance of power and
distribute capital more equitably - we need only do it. This is not a
distant dream anymore, but rapidly becoming reality, as Fechner demonstrates
presenting practical examples, exemplary projects and the daily work of
"green" champions around the globe.

 

Watch this 8 minute trailer - prepare to be inspired!

http://www.energyautonomy.org/index.php?article_id=29
<http://www.energyautonomy.org/index.php?article_id=29&clang=1> &clang=1

 

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Understanding time-of-use billing for smart meters

Transmission and distribution rates rose at the end of May, increasing the
average hydro bill by approximately nine per cent, with an additional
increase of eight per cent in June due to the new HST. As renewable energy
-such as solar and wind power -is added to the energy mix, rates will be
impacted by one to three per cent.

A debt repayment fee is also attached to hydro bills across the province to
account for power used over the past 25 years combined with a lack of funds
set aside to invest in current and future supply. This adds up to more fees
on your hydro bill.

http://www.simcoereformer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?archive=true
<http://www.simcoereformer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?archive=true&e=2806349>
&e=2806349

 

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Two Minutes to Move Forward Contest for Short Videos about Nuclear Weapons.


Watch the 7 winning 2-min. videos here: 

http://www.youtube.com/group/SeriouslyVideo2010 

 

Sponsored by Seriously, Time to Stop, a campaign to eliminate nuclear
weapons.

 

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Another record year for solar cells - Fifty countries now offer feed-in
tariffs

 

Solar photovoltaic (PV) cell manufacturers produced a record 10,700
megawatts of PV cells globally in 2009 - an impressive 51-percent increase
from the year before. Solar PV, the world's fastest-growing power
technology, now generates electricity in more than 100 countries. With costs
dropping, economies of scale growing, and governments realizing the benefits
of this limitless, climate-friendly resource, the future for solar power
looks bright.

 

http://www.straightgoods.ca/2010/ViewArticle.cfm?Ref=877
<http://www.straightgoods.ca/2010/ViewArticle.cfm?Ref=877&Cookies=yes>
&Cookies=yes 

 

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Natural Gas Fracking raises concerns in provinces

The threat of fracking has raised concerns about its impact on water in
almost every province across Canada. As described by Environmental Leader
news, "the hydraulic fracturing process involves taking water from the
ground, pumping fracturing fluids and sands into the wells under pressure,
then separating and managing the leftover water after withdrawing the
(unconventional shale) gas."

Read what's happening in each province:

http://www.canadians.org/campaignblog/?p=4993

 

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Why Europe Could Decide Fate of Canada's Oil Sands


Tories and petro firms worry oil sands restrictions in Europe will spread to
other key nations. They're lobbying hard to prevent it.

 

 <http://thetyee.ca/News/2010/10/20/EuropeDecidesFate/>
http://thetyee.ca/News/2010/10/20/EuropeDecidesFate/ 

 

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Ask Me Why I Protest the Tar Sands

 

http://allan.lissner.net/ask-me-why-i-protest-the-tar-sands/

 

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National First Nations Woman's Speakers Tour on Tar Sands

 

Wed. Oct. 27, 7 - 9 p.m.

Sidney Smith Hall - Room 2118, 100 St. George Street, University of Toronto

 

Speakers: Eriel Tchekwie Deranger, Melina Laboucan-Massimo, Jasmine Thomas

The tar sands development has completely outstripped the ability of the
corporations and provincial and federal governments to provide environmental
management and protection. In the perspective of many concerned First
Nations and citizens of northern Alberta, the government has given the
responsibility of environmental monitoring and enforcement to the
corporations. This tour is profiling woman from downstream impacted First
Nations directly from tar sands operations. They will speak out on the grave
human rights situation playing out in their communities as a result of the
world's largest and most destructive development known as Canada's Tar
Sands.

 

Sponsored by the Indigenous Environmental Network in partnership with
Environmental Justice Toronto and Defenders of the Land.

http://www.ienearth.org/tarsands.html 

 

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Building Peace: Resisting War

 

November 12 - 14, Hart House, U of Toronto

 

Join with the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW) as they celebrate
their 50th anniversary with a conference, gala, entertainment and more!

 

http://vowpeace.org/cms/Events/View/10-11-12/Vow_s_50th_Anniversary_Gala_din
ner_and_events.aspx

 

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Find out what's on at Community Power 2010

The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association <http://www.ontario-sea.org/>  is
hosting its 2nd annual Community Power Conference 2010
<http://cpconference.ca>  this November 15-16 at the Metro Toronto
Convention Centre. 

Do not miss the Community Power sector's premier event of the year.

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Cheques to OCAA, Not Blank Cheques to OPG

 

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is seeking permission from Premier McGuinty
to re-build its aging Darlington Nuclear Station and pass 100% of its
inevitable cost overruns on to electricity consumers and taxpayers - that
means YOU.  

 

No more blank cheques to the nuclear industry!  There are many cleaner and
more affordable ways to meet our energy needs. 

 

You can help change history by supporting our campaign to end the practice
of hiding the true cost of nuclear power.  Support a responsible approach to
energy development with a secure online donation
<http://www.cleanairalliance.org/get_involved_donate>  today!
Alternatively, you can pay OPG later through dramatically higher electricity
bills!  J  

 

To sweeten the deal, every donation to OCAA will receive either a copy of
Atomic Accomplice <http://paulmckay.com/> , a meticulously researched book
about the Canadian nuclear industry, or a copy of Jazz Grows Green
<http://jazzgrowsgreen.com/> , a delightful, light jazz music CD - your
choice!

 

Thanks for your support!

 

-       Angela Bischoff and Jack Gibbons, Ontario Clean Air Alliance

 

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Order free anti-nuke and anti-coal postcards/leaflets
<http://www.cleanairalliance.org/get_involved_order_pamphlets>  to
distribute to your friends and neighbours!

 

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Angela Bischoff

Outreach Director

Ontario Clean Air Alliance

Tel: 416 926 1907 x 246

625 Church Street, #402

Toronto, ON M4Y 2G1

angela at cleanairalliance.org

www.ontariosgreenfuture.ca <http://www.ontariosgreenfuture.ca/> 

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