January 20, 2013
The Toronto Star
1 Yonge St.
Re: "Two advisors to watch over Darlington Refit costs" As comforting as it may be to know that the province will be keeping a closer eye than usual on the proposed refurbishment of the Darlington nuclear plant, the Minister of Energy's announcement avoids the bigger and more obvious question about the project given: the province's falling demand for electricity; existing surplus of generating capacity - which has at times forced the province to pay consumers to use electricity; commitments to new gas and renewable energy sources; and increasingly successful efforts at energy efficiency, whether it makes any sense at all to proceed with another massively expensive nuclear refit project. That question needs to be answered in an open, independent and rigourous forum before the Darlington project proceeds.
Mark S. Winfield, Ph.D. Associate Professor Coordinator Joint MES/JD Program
Chair, Sustainable Energy Initiative