Nuclear power no solution for Canada’s North West Territory


Nuclear power no solution for the N.W.T., some experts suggest, Liny Lamberink·CBC News·Nov 23, 2022

When it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions — nuclear power is a divisive option.

But for Canada’s North, two academicson different sides of the debate agree: small modular reactors, called SMRs,are not an economically feasible way of getting remote northern communities off of diesel-generated power.

Since 2017, the N.W.T. government has been part of a working group looking at the possibilityof SMRs.

John Richards, a fellow at the C.D. Howe Institute, co-authored apaper published last weekthat said Canada needs to embrace small modular reactors in order to meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals.

In a transition to cleaner forms of energy, Richards says Canada can’t entirely rely on solar and wind power because it’s intermittent. He said nuclear power can be used in conjunction with those forms of renewable energy to…

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