There is an expensive downside to leaning on nuclear units to provide a greater share of resource adequacy, particularly in Ontario where the saboteurs of 2008-11 succeeded in intermittently flooding the grid with output from industrial wind turbines and solar panels.
Nuclear Ontario - and giving electricity away
What the IESO forecasts, and reliability reporting, is indicating is the nuclear industry is vital to resource adequacy in the province. This would be a better thing if the IESO and its political masters understood what resources will never be vital to our resource adequacy. The reality of needing nuclear's full capacity in the coming years should spur programs to utilize all generated power - much of which is now dumped on export markets or curtailed altogether.
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