The public at large are misinformed, ignorant and kept that way because it serves the NDP purpose (whatever that is) The newly built wind farm in southern Alberta is being rebuilt at who's expense?
The world is going Nucular! http://www.ksl.com/?sid=40282731&nid=148&title=utah-energy-group-pursues-nuclear-power-project
A nuclear plant would out live a wind farm by 90 years! The point I'm trying to make with this article is that if the NDP does not change direction somewhat, we will not be competitive in the world for marketing anything.
The 3 mile island misadventure was one of many of its day. The reason being the US Government turned over to private industry the design of the US Submarine power plants and the go ahead to build the same nuclear reactors that were installed in US submarines.
The US Navy complied but never told industry that design had inherent heating problems which remained unfixed! Once built and put into production these plants overheated. In most cases the companies reduced output by 50% to accommodate inadequate heating. Many of these companies went broke; had no money left to trim trees etc.
Since those early days there has been many innovations allowing plants a near 100 year lifespan
The "rods" are hollow tubes filled with ceramic beads that have a minuscule amount of radio active material embedded within. Militarily of no value.
These tubes are changed out about every 3 years in operation. One design on some new plants is to have storage on site for 40 years of spent tubes. Speaking of which, the tubes start at 4% and are pulled out at 1%. A years operation of such a nuclear facility would produce enough spent rods to fill a family refrigerator at 2000 MW production for a full year. Rods preform for 3 years!
Canada's Candu Reactor design re charges its own tubes so there is no waste to the process.
When the cooling water circulates around the reactor it picks up free radical oxygen molecules. This is what corrodes the cooling pipes. 3M have recently come up with a diaphragm that fits in cooling system and pulls out these same oxygen molecules. This gives a reasonable view of a 100 year operating life and 1/4 or less of the present maintenance schedules.
NDP bloggers say all this is good but where will you find a company to build and pay for one? Notley makes it a point to hire people of "like thinking" which seriously limits any ability for innovation. Public pressure is needed!
How much is the Alberta Government paying towards its new windfarms? Does the Taxpayer own them? What kind of financing is in place? Industry is sure as hell not giving away freebie deals.
Drawing again on Finland's experience which is expensive. I will be using cents per kwh rather than the EUR/cent/KWh
Cost of Wind Generation 5.01 cents per 1000W/Hour
Cost of Coal 4.43 cents per 1000W/H
Natural Gas 3.92 cents per 1000W/H
Nuclear 2.37 cents per 1000W/H
And, going to US Nordpool (Oil) 4.24 cents per 1000W/H