Nuclear reactor power generation in Canada has been actively operating since 2015. Wikipedia mentions that about 16 to 17 percent of the electrical energy used in the region is from nuclear power plants.
It looks like it is getting better as the premiers of three provinces in the country have put heads together to further push it. Doug Ford, Scott Moe, and Blaine Higgs agreed that they would support the improvement of nuclear reactors in Canada.
Experts in the power sector have always touted nuclear reactors as the best option in the reduction of environmental depletion. Among the three premiers, Scott Moe’s region, Saskatchewan currently relies heavily on coal-burning for electricity. About 46.6 percent of its energy is from these carbon emission systems.
While Ontario has no coal plant, New Brunswick generates 15.8 percent of its power from these kinds of plants. This move is a bid to reduce carbon pollution in the atmosphere.
The proposed solution is building small modular reactors. These portable systems can be either standalone or collected into a mega plant. One can fit inside a school gym, according to a CBC article. It also mentioned that these reactors are not yet ready for implementation and may take between five to 10 years.
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Also, considering the financial angle, one wonders why the other premiers have not jumped on the bandwagon yet. A report estimates that this innovation could generate $10 billion locally and $150 billion globally. However, the invitation to join is still open according to Doug Ford.
Small nuclear reactors (SNR) are able to generate between 3 megawatts to 300 megawatts. Designs for this have been reportedly submitted to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission for licensing and approval.
Mixed Reactions from the Public
The news met mixed reactions. We found some negative reactions concerning the development. Most pointed out that nuclear technology is under Federal jurisdiction. But it seems the Federal government is also in collaboration, though not yet clearly stated. Also, there are concerns that it may just be all words and no action. See some of them below:
What a scam. Nuclear power is a federal jurisdiction. They may as well be opening a unicorn ranch. https://t.co/Oxd8asW3Qn
— Amir Attaran (@profamirattaran) December 1, 2019
What a farce. They each refuse to implement a provincial carbon tax, they challenge the federal government’s price on pollution and lose, and then they pretend to show initiative by signing a MOU on an issue that isn’t even under provincial jurisdiction. Smoke & mirrors.
— Carol Stevens (@squirrelCarol) December 2, 2019
BS detector alert.
In all the news items on this the word Slowpoke does not appear.https://t.co/W11tlYhbo1https://t.co/z6qtSc7vhG
Several were installed at various universities in Canada.
All are being decommissioned. Mainly due to terrorist threat & other safety concerns.
— Disco_Pete (@Harbles) December 2, 2019
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