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So what has changed? To start with, the province is swimming in surplus power. When you keep three of the world’s largest nuclear stations operating in an era when electricity demand is dropping thanks to economic changes (less heavy industry), technological changes (super efficient LED lighting), and behavioural changes (people and companies embracing conservation to save money), you end up with a lot of power nobody needs. That’s because nuclear plants do not turn on or off with a flick of a switch—it can take days for reactors to be powered down or powered up.

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