April 5, 2013 – Mindfirst Inc. (M1) announced the next M1 Seminar to be held on April 24 will discuss nuclear power in Ontario. The upcoming refurbishment project at the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station is intended to provide secure, safe, clean and economical energy for future generations.

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On April 24 the topic “Nuclear Power: The Case For Refurbishment” will be deliberated by a group of senior industry professionals, financiers, executives, regulators, stakeholders and policymakers. Given the high capital requirements, lengthy execution times and commercial risks of nuclear power projects it is important to have appropriate allocation of commercial and operating risks. Speakers will cover the following topics:

1. The Importance of Nuclear Refurbishment for the Energy Mix – Amir Shalaby and Andrew Pietrewicz from Ontario Power Authority (OPA).
2. Technical and Logistical Challenges of Refurbishment – Dietmar Reiner of Ontario Power Generation (OPG) Darlington Refurbishment will describe what OPG is doing to ensure future refurbishment projects are on time and on budget.
3. Regulatory Issues and Compliance – Greg Rzentkowski, Director General of Power Reactors Regulations, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC)                                                                                                                 4. Financing Refurbishment – Peter Fraser, Managing Director, Regulatory Policy, Ontario Energy Board (OEB) discusses OEB’s recent report on Incentive Rates for Ontario Power Generation.

Confirmed participants for discussion include Paul Acchione, Chair of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers Task Force on Energy and Ron Oberth, President of Organization of Candu Industries. A collaborative discussion including a broad range of stakeholders groups will follow the prepared remarks.

Mindfirst (M1) is the organizer of the Mindfirst Energy Seminar series of private energy seminar lunches. These events are conducted under Chatham House Rule to respect speaker confidentiality.


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