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Ontario is paying Bruce Nuclear ONE MILLION dollars per day NOT to produce power – when does this insanity END???!!!

CTV News — July 3, 2013

As Ontario experiences a record year for surplus electricity production, the  province is no longer paying the United States to take the extra power off the  grid, CTV Toronto has learned.

Ontario regularly produces a glut of electricity, and in the past, the  province has paid American states and Quebec to alleviate the system.

CTV Toronto’s Paul Bliss has learned that the privately-owned Bruce Power  plant in Tiverton, Ont., is periodically asked to shut down one of its massive  reactors, or alternatively, vent steam instead of producing electricity. When  that happens, the province must still pay the plant for the down time.

Terry Young, vice-president at the Independent Electricity System Operator,  says Ontario’s complex power grid has to find a way to manage massive amounts of  extra electricity. He says the Bruce plant is reliable and helps Ontario cope  with power surplus.

“Ontario has become a net exporter of electricity,” Young told CTV News.  “We’re in a better situation today than we were six, seven or eight years ago  when we were relying on our neighbours.”

Bruce Power has turned five units off at different times this year to cut  supply for a total down time of 40 days. Since the plant is paid about $1  million per day, it cost Ontario $40 million for reactors to idle.

Bruce also conducted steam diversions from turbines to cut power production  84 times this year, which is the equivalent of approximately 22 unit days  offline. For that, the plant was paid $22 million to vent steam into the air  instead of operating turbines.

In total, $62 million was paid to the Bruce plant this year to suppress  electricity production.

There is no way to store surplus electricity — it can only be used  immediately, exported or switched off.  Continue reading, here….

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3 Comments on “Ontario is paying Bruce Nuclear ONE MILLION dollars per day NOT to produce power – when does this insanity END???!!!”

  1. WainfleetWAG July 7, 2013 at 9:16 am #

    I am trying to find data on the number of Turbines that have been dismantled, taken down or decommissioned in Noorth Amewrica, Europe and elsewhere. Any help would be much appreciated, thanks.

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