Former U.S. Vice-President Al Gore and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne marked a precedent-setting climate achievement on Thursday, as Ontario prepares to go coal free by the end of the year.
The return of 3,000 megawatts of Bruce Power nuclear over the past decade has played a major role in improving Ontario’s air quality and helping the province shut down its coal-fired generating stations.
With the revitalization of the Bruce site since 2001, Bruce Power has generated 70 per cent of the energy needed to shut down all of Ontario’s coal plants, said Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power’s President and CEO.
“Bruce Power nuclear is a low-cost and clean source of reliable energy, and more Bruce Power nuclear means less electricity from coal,” Hawthorne said. “The revitalization of the Bruce Power site has contributed to the phase out of coal, along with a 93 per cent decrease in sulphur emissions.”
When coal-fired generation is phased out by the end of the year, clean and low-cost electricity from Bruce Power’s eight-unit site will power one in three Ontario homes, schools, hospitals and businesses, Hawthorne added.
For more information on Bruce Power’s contribution to coal phase out and cleaner air, visit www.nuclearupcoaldown.ca.
About Bruce Power
Bruce Power operates the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility 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 employees are also owners in the business.
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