Bruce Power and the Asthma Society of Canada have released a joint report titled ‘Clean Air Ontario 2016’ to mark the one-year anniversary of the Province of Ontario passing legislation to permanently ban coal-fired electricity. The report identifies both the clean air and economic benefits of this landmark achievement.
With carbon policy on the horizon, which is expected to grow in prominence and impact in the coming years, the report concludes that Bruce Power’s clean nuclear electricity will avoid significant costs for families and businesses. In fact, between 2017 and 2064, the end-of-life of the Bruce Power units, clean nuclear, when compared to alternatives, will avoid between $12 billion and $63 billion in carbon costs that ratepayers would have to fund if this output was replaced by fossil fuels. This assumes a range of currently contemplated carbon pricing. For the average household this is an avoided cost of between $2,700 and $14,000 through to 2064.
This has meant cleaner air in the province and improved health of Ontario’s most vulnerable citizens, including those who live with asthma and other breathing issues. This major step towards combating climate change has proven beneficial to the health and wellness of the people of Ontario, as smog days have been significantly reduced from 53 in 2005 to zero in 2015.
“When Bruce Power returned its four dormant nuclear units to service between 2003 and ’12, it provided 70 per cent of the power the province needed to shut down its coal stations, dramatically improving the quality of Ontario’s air,” said James Scongack, Bruce Power’s Vice President, Corporate Affairs. “The return of the four Bruce Power reactors added 3,000 megawatts of carbon-free electricity to Ontario’s grid, keeping harmful emissions out of the atmosphere and cleaning the air we breathe.”
Released today, Clean Air Ontario 2016 is co-authored by Bruce Power and the Asthma Society of Canada. The report features updates from Ontario’s 2016 Climate Change Action Plan along with Bruce Power’s plans to continue to meet 30 per cent of Ontario’s electricity needs for decades to come through its asset management and refurbishment programs, which will assist Ontario and Canada in meeting their carbon-reduction goals.
“Closing coal-fired power plants represents one of the largest greenhouse gas reduction initiatives in North America,” said Vanessa Foran, the Asthma Society’s President and CEO. The closures have eliminated more than 30 megatonnes of annual GHG emissions, which is equivalent to taking seven million vehicles off Ontario’s roads.
“It is imperative we meet growing global demand for electricity in a way that improves human life and protects the environment,” Foran said. “Meeting energy demands in a clean and affordable way is now possible, and the people of Ontario now have cleaner air and cleaner energy.”
About Bruce Power
Bruce Power operates the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility and is the source of roughly 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 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.
About the Asthma Society of Canada
The Asthma Society of Canada (ASC) is a national, charitable, volunteer-supported organization solely devoted to enhancing the quality of life and health for people living with asthma and respiratory allergies through education advocacy and research. Since its inception in 1974, the ASC provides a variety of awareness programs, funds and supports numerous research projects, and has gained a reputation for providing high-quality asthma education to Canadians.
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