Ontario has experienced an absolute decline in electricity demand in recent years, due in part to the province’s
successful conservation programs. Grid electricity demand in Ontario is projected to drop back to 1992 levels by
2022. This will effectively eliminate the need for new reactors to replace the aging Pickering nuclear station.
Ontario is in the midst of reviewing its long-term energy plan (LTEP). The most recent iteration of the plan calls for two new reactors to be built at the Darlington nuclear station. A decrease in future demand therefore has significant consequences. The proposed new reactors at Darlington would be providing electricity that will not be needed, while incurring substantial construction and operating costs.