Exactly 10 years to the day after Unit 4 was brought back to service, Bruce Power continues to put innovation to work to realize the full potential of the Bruce Power site by providing clean, reliable, low-cost energy to Ontarians.
Today, Ontario’s Minister of Energy, Hon. Bob Chiarelli, who toured the Bruce Power site and addressed employees with Bruce Power President and CEO Duncan Hawthorne, thanked staff for the quality of work, safety-first mindset, creative thinking and dedication that has revitalized the site.
“Visiting the site today, it was clear to me what an incredible amount of innovation and work has gone into the revitalization of the Bruce Power site, which has contributed to both system reliability and the phase out of coal in Ontario,” Minister Chiarelli said. “Bruce Power and the Government of Ontario have a strong partnership, securing private investment in public assets, and its Ontario’s ratepayers who benefit from the reliable, affordable electricity from this site.”
The renewal of Bruce A, which includes the return of Units 3 and 4 a decade ago and the recent refurbishments of Units 1 and 2, as well as the continued modernization of Bruce B, have been monumental, as we’ve proven that Ontario’s nuclear fleet can be revitalized. This has laid the groundwork for future refurbishments in the province. Since its successful revitalization, Bruce A has provided 3,000 megawatts of carbon-free energy through the new Bruce-to-Milton transmission line to the people of Ontario, assisting the province in its plan to shut down coal plants.
“Bruce Power did things during these projects that had never been done before,” Hawthorne said. “That’s what pioneers do – they take a chance and use creative thinking to tackle issues. The result is that, over the past 10 years, Unit 4 has consistently been one of the top CANDU units in the world, while Units 1-3 and 5-8 continue to operate to an incredibly high standard.”
Moving forward, as Ontario works to continually renew and modernize its nuclear fleet, the industry can build on the lessons learned and experience gained by Bruce Power over the last decade.
“Everything our industry will tackle in the coming years has been done on our site and this will provide a greater certainty and predictability that we can apply on future projects as we extend the lives of our units to benefit Ontario ratepayers,” added Hawthorne.
Over the past 10 years, Bruce Power has injected $7 billion into Ontario’s economy, and as part of its 2040 vision, plans to invest $1 billion a year over the next 15 to ensure its remaining units provide safe, clean and reliable electricity for generations to come, Hawthorne added.
About Bruce Power
Bruce Power operates one of the world’s largest nuclear sites and is the source of roughly 25 per cent of Ontario’s electricity. The company’s site in Tiverton, Ontario is home to eight CANDU reactors, each one capable of generating enough low-cost, reliable, safe and clean electricity to meet the annual needs of a city the size of Hamilton. Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an all-Canadian partnership among TransCanada, Cameco, Borealis Infrastructure Management (a division of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System) as well as the Power Workers’ Union and Society of Energy Professionals. A majority of Bruce Power’s 4,000 employees are also owners of the business.
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