The declining demand for electricity in Ontario prompted privately run Bruce Power to announce Thursday that it was dropping plans to build new nuclear reactors in Nanticoke and in Bruce County, plans that never had the approval of the provincial government.

The move comes just weeks after the Ontario government announced an unspecified delay in its own plans to build two new reactors at the Darlington nuclear station.

Bruce Power, which operates six nuclear reactors at Kincardine on the shores of Lake Huron, announced it was withdrawing its licence applications for the new reactors. It also told the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission the Canadian Environmental Assess-ment Agency that it would suspend environmental assessments in both locations.