Ontario will not construct new nuclear reactors

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    The Ontario government plans to refurbish units at the Darlington and Bruce nuclear power plants but no longer wants to build new reactors, according to its 2013 long-term energy plan, reports Reuters.

    The Energy Ministry plans to encourage conservation and demand management programs before building new generation.

    The Ministry said consumer costs will still rise under the new plan but less than in the last plan in 2010, even though Ontario will phase out its coal-fired generation by the end of 2014.

    According to the new plan, residential power bills are expected to rise about 2.8% a year for the next 20 years, down from a forecast increase of 3.5% under the 2010 plan, the Ministry said.

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