Fission – the splitting of atomic particles creates heat. The heat then boils water, which produces steam that turns turbines to create power.
15 per cent of Canada’s power comes from nuclear generation.
Nuclear power is extremely reliable because it can operate 24/7 for long periods of time before shutting down to refuel.
With a costly construction price tag, nuclear energy is an expensive energy source.
Nuclear has a low impact on the environment as it produces zero emissions, but creates waste.
Saskatchewan mines and exports its large supply of uranium, but it doesn’t use it to generate power.
New technologies are emerging but aren’t expected to be available for at least a decade.