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Bruce Power is committed to open and timely communications. Here you will find all current and archived media releases dating back to our formation in May 2001.

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Bruce Power proud of its role in phasing out coal in Ontario

TIVERTON, ON – April 15, 2014 – Bruce Power is celebrating cleaner air and a healthier future for Ontarians today now that the province has officially shut down its final coal-generating facility.

The Thunder Bay Generating Station will now be converted to biomass, making Ontario the first jurisdiction in North America to end its use of coal-fired electricity. Over the past decade, with the innovative return to service of all four units at Bruce A, Bruce Power has provided 70 per cent of the carbon-free energy Ontario required to achieve this goal.

“We are extremely proud of the role Bruce Power has played to support the phase out of coal in Ontario,” said Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power President and CEO. “By returning 3,000 megawatts of safe, reliable and carbon-free electricity to Ontario’s grid, we have played a major role in this important environmental and health initiative.”

With such a reliable supply of carbon-free energy being provided by the Bruce site, the future is bright for the health of Ontario residents. According to a 2005 Ministry of Energy report, phasing out coal could avoid 25,000 emergency room visits, 20,000 hospital admissions, 8.1 million minor illness cases and provide a financial benefit of $2.6 billion annually..

“Shutting down coal isn’t just a nice-to-have, it means cleaner air and healthier communities for future generations,” Hawthorne added. “Bruce Power is proud to have played a role in Ontario’s ambitious plan to eliminate coal from Ontario’s supply mix, and we look forward to being a major supplier of Ontario’s safe, carbon-free electricity for generations.”

In 2013, Bruce Power provided nearly a third of Ontario’s power – and over half its nuclear – from its eight unit site. At an average cost of 6 cents per kilowatt-hour (KWh), Bruce Power nuclear also saved Ontarians 30 per cent on their bills compared to the average cost of electricity, which was 8.55 cents/KWh.

To learn more, visit www.nuclearupcoaldown.ca.

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, ON, 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 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.

For further information, please contact:

Bruce Power

John Peevers – 519-361-6583 – john.peevers@brucepower.com

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Bruce Power to invest $90 million into Unit 3 during planned outage

TIVERTON, ON – April 8, 2014 – Today marked the beginning of a planned maintenance outage in Unit 3, which will see about $90 million invested into the upkeep of these publicly owned assets.

The maintenance outage, which has a planned duration of approximately three months, will involve regular Bruce Power staff and about 500 temporary workers and contractors.

“The Unit 3 planned maintenance outage will assist with the continued reliability of Unit 3, which has performed admirably for the people of Ontario since Bruce Power returned it to service in 2004,” said Paul Boucher, Senior Vice President, Bruce A. “Bruce Power invests hundreds of millions of dollars annually into maintaining our eight units, which allows us to provide nearly a third of Ontario’s electricity now and for generations, as part of the Ministry of Energy’s Long-Term Energy Plan, while producing zero carbon emissions.”

Regular outage maintenance programs on the Bruce site result in more reliable units, which help keep electricity prices low for the people of Ontario. In 2013, Bruce Power nuclear cost Ontario residents 5.9 cents per kilowatt/hour (KWh), while the average price of power is 8.55 cents/KWh – a savings of 30 per cent/KWh.

Bruce Power provided 30 per cent of the province’s energy in 2013 at 30 per cent the cost, while breaking a site record from 1991 by producing 45.6 terrawatt hours. The revitalized, eight-unit Bruce site also provides 70 per cent of the energy needed to phase out coal in the province.

 

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, ON, 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 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.

For further information, please contact:

Bruce Power

John Peevers - 519-361-6583 - john.peevers@brucepower.com

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Support for Bruce refurbishment remains high in Bruce, Grey and Huron counties

TIVERTON, ON – April 2, 2014 – The vast majority of residents polled in Bruce, Grey and Huron counties support the refurbishment of six nuclear units at Bruce Power.

In recent polling conducted by Ipsos Reid, 83 per cent of 500 local residents polled said they are in favour refurbishing Bruce Power Units 3-8 over the next two decades, as outlined in Ontario’s recent Long-Term Energy Plan review. The first refurbishment is slated to begin in Unit 4 in August 2016.

“Considering jobs and employment was of the most concern to those polled, and the positive role Bruce Power plays in Ontario’s electricity market, the support for refurbishment locally does not surprise me,” said James Scongack, Vice President, Corporate Affairs. “Bruce Power’s eight units provide a third of Ontario’s power in a safe, reliable manner while producing no carbon emissions and creating thousands of jobs across the province. By refurbishing the site’s remaining six units, Bruce Power will continue to positively impact people’s health and well-being locally and provincially for generations.”

Bruce Power is currently working to turn the province’s long-term energy policy into action through negotiations with the Ontario Power Authority (OPA). If a deal is secured with the OPA, Bruce Power will then seek private investment for the entire cost of the site’s refurbishment and ongoing maintenance programs, which is expected to be about $15 billion. Through its unique public-private partnership, Bruce Power invests private money into the site’s eight nuclear reactors, which are publicly owned assets, resulting in no risk to the taxpayer.

Over the past 11 years, Bruce Power has returned four dormant nuclear reactors to service through innovative refurbishment programs, doubling the site’s output of reliable, carbon-free electricity. These highly technical refurbishments have provided 70 per cent of the energy Ontario needed to shut down its coal plants, and only one (Thunder Bay) remains in service in 2014.

Other highlights from the polling include 84 per cent have a positive impression of Bruce Power, 91 per cent believe the company operates safely, 90 per cent state it is a good community citizen, and 88 per cent are impressed by the site’s security. Read more about the polling here.

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, ON, 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 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.

For further information, please contact:

John Peevers – 519-361-6583 - john.peevers@brucepower.com

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Bruce Power expands public outreach with summer bus tours

TIVERTON, ON – April 1, 2014 – Bruce Power will offer bus tours of the world’s largest operating nuclear site this summer as part of its ongoing outreach efforts to provide information to the public on the important role of nuclear power in Ontario.

The one-hour tours of the Bruce Power site will include a view of Douglas Point, Canada’s first commercial-sized nuclear plant, a drive past the multi-unit Bruce A and Bruce B nuclear stations, which generate over a third of Ontario’s electricity, and a number of extensive security elements that protect both stations. 

“Bruce Power is the world’s largest operating nuclear facility and we believe there is a significant public interest in seeing what exists here on site,” said Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power’s President and CEO. “I am sure there will be a high level of interest and we look forward to showcasing this impressive facility. Although we can’t take the tours into the security-protected nuclear generating stations, we believe visitors will enjoy a site tour and will learn much more about the role the Bruce Power site plays in Ontario’s energy security, now and for the long term.”

The summer program is planned for Wednesdays and Thursdays in July and August, at 1 and 2 p.m. Interested individuals or groups can call the Bruce Power Visitors’ Centre at 519-361-7777 or email info@brucepower.com to reserve space. Participants will be required to meet a number of requirements to participate in the tour and additional details will be available in May.

“This approach is consistent with our other outreach efforts to provide factual information to the public through enhancements to our Visitors’ Centre, such as new exhibits and extended summer hours, as well as the launch of our Apps for both the iPad and iPhone,” Hawthorne added. 

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, ON, 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 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.

For further information, please contact:

John Peevers – 519-361-6583 – john.peevers@brucepower.com

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Bruce Power and EnergyMobile team up on educational website

TIVERTON, ON – March 28, 2014 – An innovative partnership between Bruce Power and EnergyMobile will bring the essential facts about Ontario’s electricity system to millions of Ontario residents.

A new website – live.gridwatch.ca – will give users hourly visibility into what forms of energy are powering the province and the resulting carbon emissions, while highlighting daily trends and breaking down the supply mix with plant-by-plant details about Ontario’s energy system. The development of the new energy information website was accelerated with Bruce Power’s assistance.

“Bruce Power has stepped up to support energy literacy tools made in Ontario, for Ontarians, and we’re proud to have them as a partner in this innovative initiative,” said Tim Johnson, Founder and CEO of EnergyMobile Studios Inc. “We believe smart energy use is key to maintaining the quality of life we often take for granted, and being energy-wise requires real innovations and tools to motivate energy-efficient behaviours.”

Bruce Power is always seeking opportunities to better inform the public on the energy supply mix situation in Ontario, said James Scongack, the company’s Vice President of Corporate Affairs.

“We believe tools like Gridwatch are essential to boosting people’s understanding of the electricity system and empowering consumers to take action,” Scongack said. “We’re proud to be part of the launch of live.gridwatch.ca a day before many Canadians will observe Earth Hour. This new website provides real data and no spin, which effectively boosts knowledge and awareness, but also proves to the residents of Ontario that nuclear is the backbone and workhorse of our energy system.”

Available on the Apple Store and now the web, Gridwatch is an energy literacy tool that empowers energy citizens to be active ‘Gridizens.’

About EnergyMobile

Founded in 2011, EnergyMobile builds easy-to-use apps that promote energy literacy and empower energy citizens. EnergyMobile’s team believes that smarter energy use leads to a better quality of life and their suite of good Gridizen action tools are an important piece to making that happen. 

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, ON, 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 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.

For further information, please contact:

Bruce Power

John Peevers  - 519-361-6583 – john.peevers@brucepower.com

EnergyMobile

Tim Johnson – 613.276.8760 - tim@energymobile.ca

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Bruce Power partnership restructuring finalized

TIVERTON, ON – March 27, 2014 – The restructuring of the Bruce Power partnership, which was first announced in late-January, was finalized today.

Borealis Infrastructure, on behalf of Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS), the Power Workers’ Union (PWU) and The Society of Energy Professionals have acquired Cameco’s 31.6 per cent interest in Bruce B. TransCanada has waived its right of first offer on the sale but continues to maintain an interest which can be exercised in the future.

As a result of the transaction, Borealis acquired an additional 29.78 per cent in the Bruce B partnership, while the PWU and The Society acquired an additional 1.25 per cent and 0.55 per cent respectively.

Bruce Power is Canada’s largest public-private partnership as the Bruce site assets remain owned by the province, operated by Bruce Power and the company’s partners meet investment requirements, which has totalled $7 billion since 2001. The price of power is controlled and sold through contract with the Ontario Power Authority and, in 2013, at 6 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh), was 30 per cent below the average cost of electricity (8.6 cents per kWh) in the province, providing families and businesses with stable, low prices.

In 2013, Bruce Power provided a majority of the nuclear power in Ontario and the site is capable of generating 6,300 megawatts of carbon-free energy from its eight units. The company is the largest investor in Ontario’s electricity system over the last decade investing private funds into public assets.

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, 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, 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.

For further information, please contact:

John Peevers – 519-361-6583 - john.peevers@brucepower.com

Duty Media Officer – 519-361-6161

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Bruce Power donates $45,000 to St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation

Petra Taylor, left, Acting Campaign Manager, and Sue Hardy, right, Manager, Legacy Giving, Volunteer & Donor Relations, accept the first $15,000 of Bruce Power’s $45,000 donation from Peggy Zeppieri, Physician Recruitment Specialist, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in London, on March 25.

Petra Taylor, left, Acting Campaign Manager, and Sue Hardy, right, Manager, Legacy Giving, Volunteer & Donor Relations, accept the first $15,000 of Bruce Power’s $45,000 donation from Peggy Zeppieri, Physician Recruitment Specialist, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in London, on March 25.

TIVERTON, ON – March 27, 2014 – Bruce Power has pledged $45,000 for the St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation’s ‘Next Step’ campaign.

The foundation’s campaign will advance care in the areas of robotic surgery, specialized mental health care, breast imaging, clinical research for chronic disease and complex eye care and treatment at the London-based hospital.

“More than 5,000 Bruce County residents used these services in 2012, with almost 2,000 attending the Ivey Eye care facilities at St. Joseph’s for specialized treatment,” said Peggy Zeppieri, Physician Recruitment Specialist working with Bruce Power and the Municipalities of Kincardine and Saugeen Shores. “Bruce Power recognizes the importance of the health and wellness of its employees, their families and friends, and is extremely pleased to be supporting an initiative that will ensure continued access to the health care programs they need.”

The $15,000 donation is the first of three instalments and will be used for the highest priority needs in any one of the key areas of focus for the Next Step campaign. In recognition of the gift, St. Joseph’s will name the eye exam room at the Ivey Eye Institute after Bruce Power.

“With this donation, it makes the impossible possible,” said Sue Hardy, Manager, Legacy Giving, Volunteer & Donor Relations. “About 90 per cent of capital expenditures or equipment purchases are made possible through community donations, so we really couldn’t acquire some of the equipment we need or advance some of our programs without community support.”

Through the Next Step campaign, St. Joseph’s is set to raise $40 million to support innovation in care and research. For more information, visit www.sjhcfoundation.org.

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, ON, 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, 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.

For further information, please contact:

John Peevers – 519-361-6583 – john.peevers@brucepower.com

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Power Workers’ Union increases ownership in Bruce Power

TIVERTON, ONMarch 20, 2014The Power Workers’ Union (PWU) announced today it is increasing its ownership share in Bruce Power, signaling a continued commitment to the site.

“The PWU has held an equity share in the ownership structure of Bruce Power since Day 1 and has worked collaboratively to build a strong public-private partnership that has returned the site to its full operating potential,” said Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power President and CEO. “This additional investment is a strong signal of its continued support. Together, we can turn our policy role in Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan into action by securing the next phase of private investment into these public assets.”

In January, Borealis Infrastructure, on behalf of Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS), announced it was acquiring Cameco’s 31.6 per cent interest in Bruce B. This provided the PWU with an opportunity to acquire additional ownership as well, which it exercised. Bruce Power is the world’s largest operating nuclear facility with eight units that provide nearly a third of Ontario’s power and half its nuclear production annually.

“The PWU represents about 3,000 members on the Bruce Power site and together we provide about 30 per cent of Ontario’s electricity needs, which in 2013, was 30 per cent below the average price of power in the province,” Hawthorne added.

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, ON, 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 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.

For further information, please contact:

John Peevers – 519-361-6583 - john.peevers@brucepower.com

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Bruce Power welcomes The Society of Energy Professionals’ increased ownership in company

TIVERTON, ONMarch 20, 2014Bruce Power is pleased The Society of Energy Professionals has decided to increase its ownership stake in the company, reaffirming its commitment to Canada’s largest public-private partnership as a key source of Ontario’s electricity supply.

“Bruce Power is proud The Society of Energy Professionals has stepped up to increase its share in Bruce Power as we work together to turn the policy in Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan into action,” said Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power President and CEO. “The Society has been a partner in Bruce Power since Day 1, and this is another example of how the innovative Bruce Power public-private partnership is positioning itself to provide 30 per cent of Ontario’s electricity for generations, through a united front.”

In January, Borealis Infrastructure, on behalf of Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS), announced it was acquiring Cameco’s 31.6 per cent interest in Bruce B. This provided The Society with an opportunity to acquire additional ownership as well, which it exercised. Bruce Power is the world’s largest operating nuclear facility, with eight units that provide nearly a third of Ontario’s power and half of its nuclear annually.

“This additional investment by our union partners is a testament to the strength of the partnership we have built on the Bruce Power site. We have always enjoyed a strong relationship with The Society, which represents 1,200 of our employees, and look forward to many more successes with the union and its employees in the coming decades,” Hawthorne added.

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, ON, 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 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.

 For further information, please contact:

John Peevers                            519-361-6583                 john.peevers@brucepower.com

 

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Bruce Power employees invest in company’s future

Bruce Power’s innovative employee-ownership program has reached an all-time high with 87 per cent of its 4,100 employees investing their own money into the company.

“Since 2001, we have created an innovative public-private partnership at Bruce Power, securing not only $7 billion of private invetsment in public assets, but also creating a unique model that allows for both individual employee and union ownership,” said Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power’s President and CEO.

In 2007, Bruce Power launched a program called our shAre where employees were provided the opportunity to invest their own money into the company, demonstrating a shared commitment to delivering a reliable source of low-cost electricity for the province for generations.

“Bruce Power’s success since 2001 has been driven by our people, and this is another example of how committed our employees are to our long-term vision of being a key provider of low-cost, affordable and carbon-free electricity for Ontarians,” Hawthorne added. “We have created a dynamic and innovative culture at Bruce Power and this will be critical as we move forward to turn our role in Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan into action.”

In 2014, for the third year in a row, Bruce Power was named one of Achievers Top 50 Most Engaged Workplaces, while it has also been honoured for having one of Canada’s Top 10 Corporate Cultures and being a Top 100 Employer for Young People over the past two years.

In 2013, Bruce Power provided 30 per cent of Ontario’s electricity at 30 per cent below the average cost in the province. Bruce Power is Canada’s largest public-private partnership, where the assets remain owned by the province and the company invests private dollars into them, so the government can stay focused on priorities like health care and education. The price of power is controlled by contract with the Ontario Power Authority and safety is federally regulated by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. 

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, ON, 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 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.

For further information, please contact:

John Peevers – 519-361-6583 – john.peevers@brucepower.com

 

 

 

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