The Globe and Mail newspaper published an editorial on 31 October in which it acknowledged the important role nuclear power will have to play to contribute to the development of a net-zero energy sector. The paper also urged the federal government to lead the effort to support nuclear technology development, specifically small module reactors (SMRs).
The Canadian Infrastructure Bank recently announced a $970 million loan in support of the development of a commercial-scale SMR at Ontario Power Generation’s Darlington Nuclear Generating Station. The Globe notes that nuclear power, along with solar, wind and other renewables – will have to play the key role in replacing fossil fuel electricity generation. This will be especially important as the economy “electrifies”. In addition to the SMR financing, the Globe suggests that the federal government create a national clean-electricity standard. And, of critical importance, the federal government should promote the expansion and upgrading of the Canadian electricity transmission system.
The publication of the editorial follows important statements made recently by the Minister of Natural Resources Canada, Jonathon Wilkinson, in support of Canada’s nuclear capability. The Minister spoke at events in Canada and in the US, emphasizing the country’s significant history and expertise in nuclear power. He also announced in Washington Canada’s National Statement on Nuclear Energy. The statement points out the urgency of providing the secure, emission-free electricity that nuclear power can supply.