Most Ontarians clearly remember what they were doing on Aug. 14, 2003, when the lights went out.
It was an unbearably hot day and southern Ontario was shrouded in smog when the lights went out and the air conditioners fell silent. Fifty million North Americans were plunged into the largest electrical blackout ever. The blackout was met with utter shock – we are rarely forced to think about where we get our power, we just expect the lights to come on when we flick the switch.
“In 2003, Bruce Power was the first to provide the electricity that would rebuild Ontario’s energy grid, and we’re still here today generating clean energy for Ontario families and businesses, reliably providing 30 per cent of Ontario’s energy while protecting the air we breathe,” said Mike Rencheck, Bruce Power’s President and Chief Executive Officer.
Since 2003, Bruce Power has doubled its number of operating units from four to eight while investing private dollars to ensure we’re there when Ontario needs us. In doing so, Bruce Power provided 70 per cent of the power Ontario needed to shut down every one of its coal-fired electricity stations, which was completed in 2014. It’s no coincidence the number of smog days dropped in conjunction with the end of coal – in 2005 there were 48 smog days, while there were none in 2015.
Over the next 20 years, Bruce Power will refurbish and extend the life of six more of its units, privately investing in these publicly owned assets. This program will create 18,000 direct and indirect jobs across Ontario and inject about $1 billion into the province’s economy annually, all while guaranteeing the people of the province benefit from clean, reliable, low-cost nuclear power.
“When Ontario needed Bruce Power 13 years ago to bring the province out of the blackout, we were there,” said Rencheck. “Today, we reliably produce 30 per cent of Ontario’s electricity at 30 per cent less than the average residential price of power, keeping the air clean and generating low-cost energy 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.”
Learn more about Bruce Power’s role in recovering from the Blackout at www.brucepower.com/resources-and-publications/innovation/.
About Bruce Power
Bruce Power operates the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility and is the source of 30 per cent of Ontario’s electricity. The company’s site in Tiverton, Ontario, is home to eight CANDU reactors. Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an all-Canadian partnership among Borealis Infrastructure Trust Management (a division of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System), TransCanada, the Power Workers’ Union and The Society of Energy Professionals. A majority of Bruce Power’s employees are also owners in the business.
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John Peevers – 519-361-6583
Bruce Power Duty Media – 519-361-6161
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