Canadian energy plan good for nuclear, group says

 Canadian energy plan good for nuclear, group says

Canada’s energy plan focuses on developing more oil and gas pipelines, but the country’s nuclear industry says it helps them fight climate change as well.
Canada’s premiers approved the Canadian Energy Strategy, which calls for a plan to speed up regulatory decisions in order to expand future oil sands developments and address climate change. The premiers agreed to develop oil pipelines and electricity grids for both domestic use and exporting, and the next section of the plan commits premiers to get the approvals done more quickly. Section 9 commits the country to market diversification by exporting more oil and gas overseas.
The Canadian Nuclear Association said it believed the plan was good for the nuclear industry. Canada’s four nuclear power plants generate about 16 percent of Canada’s electricity, and nuclear accounted for 62 percent of Ontario’s generation, according to the IESO.
“Increased use of nuclear power in Ontario helped the province get off coal,” said CAN President John Barrett. “Between 2000 and 2013, nuclear powered electrical generation rose 20 percent, coinciding with a 27 percent drop in coal-fired electricity. During the same period, non-hydro renewables increased to 3.4 percent from one percent.”
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