Public invited to the process as transmission line built for Clarington’s new nuclear project

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Published March 27, 2023 at 11:14 am

Hydro One has invited the community to participate in the environmental assessment process as it builds a 22-kilometre transmission line to connect the proposed Small Modular Reactor (SMR) at Ontario Power Generation’s Darlington Nuclear Generating Station to the grid.

The 300-megawatt BWRX-300 SMR – the first new nuclear reactor build in a generation – is expected to be generating power in about five years and Hydro One (the transmission arm of Ontario’s energy sector) has already held one public meeting to get feedback from the community.

Hydro One met with residents and businesses in Courtice March 8 to update the public on the EA and hear what the community had to say.

“Early engagement … is vital to project planning and we received some valuable, informative feedback from this Community Open House,” said Hydro One Vice President of Stakeholder Relations Daniel Levitan, who called the SMR a “critical project” for Ontario’s future energy needs. “We encourage the community to ask questions and continue to bring us their feedback throughout the duration of this project.”

Additional public meetings are planned.

Ontario Energy Minister Todd Smith said “historic” investments like the SMR (which will be able to power 300,000 homes and create 2,500 jobs over its 60-year lifespan) will “strengthen the province’s electricity grid” and help the Province “attract even more game-changing investments.”

Hydro One has initiated a Class Environmental Assessment to build a new transmission line that can carry up to 500 kilovolts from the nuclear station to the grid. The line will be built within the current electrical corridor, adjacent to existing transmission lines that are located between OPG’s Darlington facility and Hydro One’s Clarington Transformer Station.

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