Several factors will play a role in the final decision for the preferred site repurposing vision, including the results of ongoing studies, cost and scheduling considerations, and the appropriate approvals. OPG’s plan requires approval from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. Location: Pickering, Ontario Operator: Ontario Power Generation Reactor type: CANDU (CANada Deuterium Uranium) Vendor: Atomic Energy of Canada Limited Number of units: 8 reactors Installed capacity: 3,100 MW Status units 1 and 4: Operating Status units 2 and 3: Safe storage Status units 5, 6, 7 and 8: Operating Licence issued: September 1, 2018 Licence expires: August 31, 2028 Start of commercial operation: Between 1971 a… After commercial operations cease, the station will first be placed in a safe storage state and eventually decommissioned. Central Ontario is home to 20 of our hydroelectric facilities, some of which, like our Sills Island Generating Station, have been part of their community for more than one hundred years. ... OPG opens nuclear sustainability centre in Pickering. Pickering looks at costs of closing nuclear plant Pickering City Hall in brief News Nov 19, 2013 Pickering News Advertiser. Even though the large majority of these nuclear power stations have received a 20-year operating license extension (and some have even applied for an additional 20-year extension on top of that! But instead of closing these increasingly dangerous reactors, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has asked the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) for permission to run these reactors for at least another 5 years. Duane Arnold (IA)           Closure had been long scheduled for "Late" 2020 (Sept. 2020, or later), as reported by The Gazette in Cedar Rapids, IA. © 2021 Ontario Power Generation Inc. All Rights Reserved. OPG to close Pickering nuclear plant in 10 years. More than two million people live within 30 km of the Pickering Station – at least twice the number of any other nuclear station on the continent. More recently, the permanent closure for good date had been scheduled for late October 2020, but as noted above, Duane Arnold was closed even earlier -- August 24, 2020 -- due to damage from the severe derecho in the Cedar Rapids area. The sudden reversal, to stay open four additional years, was made abruptly after the Michigan Public Service Commission’s order in late Sepember 2017 that Consumers Energy could recover only $136.6 million of the $172 million it requested for ending out the PPA (Power Purchase Agreement) early. Beaver Valley Unit 2 (PA)   10/31/2021 (unless FirstEnergy secures a bailout to prop it up longer; it is rubber-stamped by NRC to operate till 2037, for 60 years! A $1.1 billion bailout, at ratepayer expense, was approved by the state legislature and signed into law by Republican Ohio governor Dewine, so Davis-Besse will keep operating past the previously announced 5/31/20 shutdown date. The owner of the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station has proposed extending the plant’s life beyond its original shutdown date of 2024, the office of Ontario’s energy minister confirmed to BNN Bloomberg. Tom Henry at the Toledo Blade reports that the announced shutdown date for Davis-Besse is May 31, 2020. Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has applied to the federal nuclear safety commission to extend operations at Pickering. The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission in 2018 granted a new ten-year operating licence for the plant, but OPG will require approval from the regulator for its revised operating schedule. See here for more info.) See here for more info.) While it remains in active service, OPG is planning for the station’s end of commercial operations. Davis-Besse (OH)           05/31/2020 (unless FirstEnergy secures a bailout to prop it up longer; it is rubber-stamped by NRC to operate till 2037, for 60 years! Beaver Valley Unit 1 (PA)   5/31/2021 (unless FirstEnergy secures a bailout to prop it up longer; it is rubber-stamped by NRC to operate till 2037, for 60 years! By September 2020, repeal of the bailout is popular. Nuclear power is economically failing in an electricity market dominated by more competitive energy generation from natural gas (which, through fracking, comes at the cost of disastrous groundwater pollution), and increasing more wind and solar power. By closing the Pickering Nuclear Station on August 31, 2018, when its licence expires, we can reduce our annual electricity costs by more than $900 million per year. For many years, OPG’s Pickering Nuclear Generating Station (GS) has been a proud part of the Pickering community, playing an important role in delivering clean, reliable power for Ontario. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------, Duane Arnold             (IA)              closed 08/24/2020, Indian Point-2            (NY)             closed 04/30/2020, Three Mile Island-1    (PA)              closed 09/20/2019, Pilgrim                      (MA)              closed 05/31/2019, Oyster Creek             (NJ)              closed  09/17/2018, Fort Calhoun             (NE)              closed 10/24/2016, Vermont Yankee        (VT)              closed 12/29/2014, San Onofre 2 & 3       (CA)              closed 06/12/2013, Kewaunee                 (WI)              closed 05/07/2013, Crystal River             (FL)               closed 02/20/2013, Byron Units 1 & 2 (IL)     09/30/2021  Exelon announces the early closure of two pressurized water reactors in Illinois due to "severe economic challenges. It had been scheduled to be decommissioned this year, but the former Liberal government – and the current Ford government – committed to keeping it open until 2024. Under the proposed plan, OPG will shutdown Pickering's units 1 and 4 in 2024 and units 5 to 8 in 2025. Posted March 31 st, 2016 on Niagara At Large . Pickering Nuclear station. Hundreds of people sent us their thoughts and ideas for the future of the site. ", Dresden Unit 2 & 3 (IL)    11/30/2021  Exelon announces the early closure of two boiling water reactors in Illinois due to "severe economic challenges. Tom Henry at the Toledo Blade reports that the announced shutdown date for Perry is May 31, 2021. After commercial operations cease, the station will first be placed in a safe storage state (removal of fuel and water) and eventually decommissioned, beginning in 2028. Ontario, Canada – Closing the Pickering Nuclear Station when its license expires in 2018 and getting to work on dismantling the plant immediately will be safer, create more jobs between now and 2030, and save hundreds of millions of dollars. The plant is currently scheduled to close on Aug. 31. All rights reserved. ", FitzPatrick (NY)              1/27/2017 [Was to have closed, but now Gov. See here for more info.) is pictured on March 16, 2011. Although the full process will take decades, some existing structures and areas of the site will become available earlier for other uses. Beginning in 2021, this process will include ongoing communication with the community, the regulator and other key stakeholders over a number of years. A Report from the Ontario Clean Air Coalition. After years of providing safe, clean, reliable power, the Pickering Nuclear GS will end commercial operations. nuclear power plant gets five-year licence extension Open this photo in gallery: The Pickering Nuclear Generating Station in Pickering, Ont. SHARE. ), thankfully, record-breaking numbers of atomic reactors are permanently closing. Last reactor at the Pickering nuclear station will be shut down within 5 years, says Energy Minister Greg Rickford By Robert Benzie Queen's Park Bureau Chief Tue., Jan. 14, … The safe, sequential shutdown of all units will maximize the economic benefits of the generation station in the community. Want to learn more about the future of our Pickering station? ), CANADIAN REACTORS ON THE GREAT LAKES AND U.S. BORDER ARE CLOSING, [Please note that the Gentilly Unit 2 reactor in Quebec, Canada also closed in Dec., 2012. The sudden reversal, to stay open four additional years, was made abruptly after the Michigan Public Service Commission’s order in late Sepember 2017 that Consumers Energy could recover only $136.6 million of the $172 million it requested for ending out the PPA (Power Purchase Agreement) early. Reactors Are Closing. Northwestern Ontario hosts 11 of our hydroelectric stations as well as a former coal generating station that we converted to use biomass as fuel. We will continue to work with the community, stakeholders and the City of Pickering, to whom about 140 acres of Pickering Nuclear lands are currently licensed for waterfront and recreational purposes, to ensure consideration of their visions for the site. Learn more about Laurentis Energy Partners, an OPG subsidiary. A $1.1 billion bailout, at ratepayer expense, has been approved by the state legislature and signed into law by Republican Ohio governor Dewine, so Perry will keep operating past the previously announced 5/31/21 shutdown date. There are currently 94 commercial nuclear power reactors licensed to operate in the United States.. Closing the Pickering Nuclear Plant in 2018 A Cost-Benefit Analysis Ontario Clean Air Alliance Research. UPDATE March 16, 2020  (FirstEnergy, now Energy Harbor Corp, announces closure notice to be rescinded). Through collaboration and research, the Centre will identify innovative nuclear sector solutions and identify opportunities to advance/accelerate decommissioning activities. Trouble from Pickering’s earliest days. 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