Bruce Power wants to run all Ontario’s nuclear plants

Bruce Power president and CEO Duncan Hawthorne. (BRUCE POWER FILE PHOTO)

Bruce Power president and CEO Duncan Hawthorne. (BRUCE POWER FILE PHOTO)

Antonella Artuso, Queen's Park Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 7:53 AM ET

TORONTO — Ontario's entire nuclear fleet could be run more efficiently and effectively by one private operator — Bruce Power — says the company's CEO.

Duncan Hawthorne told the Toronto Sun editorial board Tuesday that he is interested in taking over the Darlington and Pickering, Ont., nuclear plants, which are currently operated by the publicly-owned Ontario Power Generation.

Unlike OPG, private companies aren't subject to investigations by Ontario's auditor general, but Hawthorne said he is responsible to shareholders.

"I've had many conversations with the OPG's leadership about some of the things that they got in trouble for doing," Hawthorne said. "And I told them: 'If I was the chief executive of that company, I'd have resigned over that. What you're allowing to happen is to create underperformance in your business.'"

Bruce Power was the country's first private nuclear generator when the company took over the publicly-owned plant on Lake Huron's shoreline 14 years ago.

Hawthorne said Bruce Power was originally supposed to take on a larger share of the province's nuclear generation, but needed time to prove itself — something he says the company has done.

There are significant benefits to having a single business plan and to employing economies of scale to bring down costs, he said.

Current plans to refurbish six nuclear reactors at Bruce Power and four at OPG make this the perfect time to consider a handoff, he insisted.


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