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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 selected to participate in prestigious international peer review

 

 

TIVERTON, ON – Dec. 19, 2014 Bruce Power announced today it will participate in an operational safety performance review led by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

The review will focus on Bruce B, which is recognized internationally for its strong safety and operational performance and was awarded the Institute of Nuclear Power Operators (INPO) award of excellence in recognition of its world-class performance in November.

“I’m honoured we have been chosen to participate in this prestigious international review, where we will share the progress we’ve made on the Bruce Power site since 2001, and continue to do what nuclear operators do best – focus on sharing best practices and continuous improvement,” said Duncan Hawthorne, President and CEO, Bruce Power. “By any measure, we work in one of the safest industries in the world and this level of performance is only achieved through sharing our experiences and successes as an industry, while always being open and transparent about how we can do better.”

Bruce Power will host a group of international nuclear experts led by IAEA through an Operational Safety Review Team (OSART) Mission in 2015. Bruce Power was put forward for this review by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), Canada’s independent nuclear regulator and an active participant in the international nuclear community.

“Bruce Power is a cornerstone of Canada’s nuclear industry, which provides employment for more than 30,000 Canadians and helps make Canada’s electricity supply among the cleanest in the world,” said the Hon. Ed Holder, Minister of State for Science and Technology. “Our government continues to enhance safety, security and environmental protection in the nuclear industry, and we welcome Bruce Power’s participation in this international nuclear safety review.”

The OSART Program has been in place since 1982, providing member states the opportunity to share best practices and also to support continuous improvements to their operations. Best practices identified through these reviews are shared through the IAEA to other nuclear operators.

“We all know the role that Bruce Power plays in southwestern Ontario as both a good corporate citizen and contributor to Ontario’s economy through investment and low-cost electricity, but I don’t think many realize how well respected the organization is on the international stage,” said Ben Lobb, Member of Parliament for Huron-Bruce. “I’m pleased that Bruce Power has been selected to participate in this prestigious international peer review so we can share our best practices and learn from others.”

Bruce Power’s facilities are licensed by the CNSC, which has inspectors on site and publishes an annual report on the safety performance of all nuclear power plants in Canada. Bruce Power’s positive report card from 2013 can be found at http://www.nuclearsafety.gc.ca/pubs_catalogue/uploads/2013-CNSC-NPP-Safety-Report-eng.pdf.

In addition, Bruce Power is also an active member of the World Association of Nuclear Operators, which also conducts reviews of facilities with extensive information sharing.

For more information on the OSART Mission, watch a YouTube video at http://bit.ly/1AkIbhF. Additionally, a page on the Bruce Power website has been dedicated to this review at www.brucepower.com/safety-first/osart2015.

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 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 delivers 30 per cent of Ontario’s electricity at 30 per cent less than the average price of power in 2014

TIVERTON, ONDec. 18, 2014 – It was another busy year at Bruce Power, as the world’s largest operating nuclear facility provided over 30 per cent of Ontario’s energy at 30 per cent less than the average cost of electricity. Bruce Power also played a key role in the province’s energy mix and contributing to the economy in a positive way through jobs and investment.

“Bruce Power and its employees are very proud of the work we do, providing Ontarians with a reliable source of affordable electricity that our families and businesses can count on,” said Duncan Hawthorne, President and CEO. “Every day, our employees use innovative techniques and made-in-Ontario technologies to produce safe, reliable and carbon-free electricity for the people of the province, and we are committed to continuing this over the long term.”

The following are some of Bruce Power’s accomplishments in 2014.

  • The company invested over $200 million in private dollars into publicly owned reactors, during three planned maintenance outages. These maintenance investment programs help to increase the reliability and extend the life of Bruce Power’s units, which provide over 30 per cent of Ontario’s power at 30 per cent below the average price of electricity.

 

  • Bruce Power played a key role in Ontario’s decision to shut down its coal-fired generation plants, providing 70 per cent of the electricity the province needed to do so. The final coal facility in Ontario was closed in early-2014.

 

  • Bruce B was the top performing multi-unit CANDU plant in the world and was recognized internationally being awarded the Institute of Nuclear Power Operators (INPO) award of excellence in recognition of its world-class performance. In doing so, Unit 5 surpassed 500 days of continuous operation. The unit, one of the top performing CANDU reactors in the world, played a key role in the success of Bruce B in 2014, which provided over 15 per cent of Ontario’s electricity.

 

  • Bruce A achieved its first full calendar year of four-unit operation since the units were removed from service in the 1990s. These units are an essential component to getting off – and staying off – coal generation in Ontario. The 6,300 megawatts of total generation from the Bruce Power site is supported by Hydro One’s new Bruce-Milton Transmission Line.

 

  • All eight units at Bruce Power provided up to 2,400 megawatts of flexible, emissions-free generation to the Ontario market to manage changing supply and demand, duplicating many of the dynamic attributes that coal used to provide the Ontario market.

 

  • Bruce Power forged a $300 million agreement with B&W Canada, which will see the Cambridge company supply important services for all Bruce Power units, to meet the company’s ongoing operational needs. The agreement will allow B&W Canada to continue to be a major employer, providing highly skilled jobs within the Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge region and throughout southwestern Ontario.

 

  • The company also signed an agreement to supply Cobalt-60 from the Bruce B reactors to Nordion, an Ottawa-based company that sterilizes 40 per cent of the world’s single-use medical devices and equipment. A new public education website was launched to highlight this innovative partnership: www.cleannuclearpowersafehospitals.com.

 

  • Partnerships formed in 2014 helped to create more awareness around the importance of Bruce Power and nuclear energy in Ontario. The Economic Impact Study, ‘Affordable Power. Jobs & Growth,’ was a joint report with business and union partners that outlined the billions in jobs and economic investment refurbishing Bruce Power’s six remaining reactors would represent. The company also teamed up with the Asthma Society of Canada to release the ‘Clean Air Ontario’ report, which looked at how Bruce Power played a key role in the province shutting down coal plants.

 

  • Bruce Power was awarded a gold level certification for excellence in Progressive Aboriginal Relations from the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB). This is the highest level of recognition offered by the CCAB and Bruce Power is one of only 12 companies in Canada to receive the designation. The company also teamed up with the Bluewater District School Board and the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative to offer an innovative educational program for local Aboriginal youth.

 

  • In the community, Bruce Power invested about $1.5 million in events and organizations through its Sponsorship and Community Investment Program. This included a multi-year donation of $2 million to support health care infrastructure improvements throughout the region. Bruce Power also awarded $50,000 in post-secondary scholarships to 100 students from Bruce, Grey and Huron counties. The scholarship recipients celebrated at a breakfast with Duncan Hawthorne before heading back to school.

 

  • Bruce Power advanced educational initiatives in 2014, including Version 2 of its iPad and iPhone apps, the collaboration with EnergyMobile for the GridWatch app, which provides up-to-the-minute electricity supply mix information, as well as the Ontario’s Nuclear Advantage campaign, an outreach initiative that highlights the strength and benefits of Ontario’s nuclear industry. The company also donated iPads to libraries in Bruce, Grey and Huron counties to help explain Ontario’s electricity sector.
  • The company also reintroduced site tours for the first time since 2001. Four bus tours were held each week in July and another two tours were added to each week of August to help meet demand, with over 1,900 participants.

 

  • Bruce Power Direct launched a conservation product for Ontario businesses, which will help them better understand and manage their energy use, benefitting both the balance sheet and the environment in the process. The online tool is called the ‘Bruce Power Saver.’ Learn more at www.brucepowerdirect.com/powersaver.

 

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 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 launches conservation product for Ontario businesses

 

 

TIVERTON, ON – Dec. 12, 2014 – Today Bruce Power is launching a conservation product for Ontario businesses, which will help them better understand and manage their energy use, benefitting both the balance sheet and the environment in the process. The online tool is called the ‘Bruce Power Saver.’

“Although we’re in the nuclear power generation business, we also recognize the importance of a balanced supply mix and creating a culture of conservation in Ontario,” said Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power’s President and CEO. “While we provide Ontario’s electricity system with low-cost, stable electricity, these innovative tools will help Ontario businesses and consumers to be successful by maximizing their energy efficiency.”

The new product was launched in conjunction with a new partnership with the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME) to help its members save on electricity through a special offer on the Bruce Power Saver, the virtual energy manager that provides energy analytics and insights to help businesses eliminate wasteful electricity use, identify anomalies and develop a continuous plan of improvement.

“The combination of powerful data through this innovative product, as well as Bruce Power’s team of experts, which is well respected in the Ontario energy market, will benefit CME members and Ontario business,” said Ian Howcroft, Vice President of CME Ontario. “We believe products such as the Bruce Power Saver are complimentary to building a modern electricity system where we can encourage conservation, while also having a low-cost, stable source such as Bruce Power nuclear.”

A video of the Bruce Power Saver product can be found on our YouTube channel at http://bit.ly/1GoV0Ht.

Bruce Power has also made available to the public a number of free online calculators, also available for the iPad and iPhone, so electricity users can better understand and manage their energy costs. These calculators have been made available at no charge to home owners:

All of these free calculators are also available on Bruce Power’s App for both the iPad and iPhone at www.brucepowerapp.com.

To learn more about the Bruce Power Saver, visit www.brucepowerdirect.com/powersaver.

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 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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Statement on 2015 planned outages

There has been some recent interest in planned outages within Ontario’s nuclear fleet in 2015, specifically the Bruce B Vacuum Building Outage (VBO).

This interest is not surprising given the importance of Bruce Power’s nuclear output to meet the needs of the province; however, additional context is important.

The Bruce B VBO will be approximately a month in duration and commence in mid-April. Bruce Power works closely with the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) to ensure the timing of these outages can be accommodated to meet the needs of the system. These outages are approved just before they begin and discussions with the IESO will continue to ensure the system needs of the province are maintained.

The timing of these outages are selected during periods of the year where demand is expected to be low – usually the spring or fall. Additionally, during this period, Bruce Power has no planned outages at Bruce A. Extensive planning and discussions with the IESO have taken place given the unique nature of this circumstance, and taking Darlington into account as well.

Bruce Power’s plan will be to have all eight of its units operational for the summer peak period to meet the needs of the province, and will continue to work with the IESO on the appropriate placement of these outages. Bruce Power’s nuclear units are counted on by the province to provide a stable source of supply that is affordable and free of carbon emissions.

Ontario families and business can continue to count on us to play this important role.

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Bruce Power donates $57,000 to local food banks and Christmas Hamper Programs

Dwight Irwin, middle, Bruce Power’s Sponsorship and Community Investment Lead, helps Kincardine Food Bank volunteers Jean Bain, Lyla Stewart, Nancy Dawson, Bob Wolfenden, Mars Edmiston and Andrew MacKinnon pack boxes in time for the Christmas season. Bruce Power donated $57,000 to food banks and Christmas Hamper gift programs across Bruce, Grey and Huron counties recently.

Dwight Irwin, middle, Bruce Power’s Sponsorship and Community Investment Lead, helps Kincardine Food Bank volunteers Jean Bain, Lyla Stewart, Nancy Dawson, Bob Wolfenden, Mars Edmiston and Andrew MacKinnon pack boxes in time for the Christmas season. Bruce Power donated $57,000 to food banks and Christmas Hamper gift programs across Bruce, Grey and Huron counties recently.

TIVERTON, ONDec. 4, 2014 Bruce Power has given a $57,000 boost to food banks and Christmas Hamper Programs across the region.

The annual holiday donation provides much-needed funding for these integral, non-profit programs during the holiday season, said Duncan Hawthorne, President and CEO.

“The important work these volunteer-driven programs do across Bruce, Grey and Huron counties allows many to give their families a special Christmas, and we’re happy we can play a role in that,” Hawthorne said. “Every community in the area does a great job filling food bank shelves and buying toys and clothes to go under Christmas trees. Bruce Power and its employees have a long tradition of supporting these community programs.”

In 2011, there were 14 food banks in Grey and Bruce counties. With rising poverty levels and increased demands on low-income families, the number of food banks has risen to 20.

“The need in our communities is great, and Bruce Power and its employees will continue to do our part during the holiday season,” Hawthorne said.

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 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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Agreement between Bruce Power and B&W Canada to benefit Ontario with more jobs and economic activity

Bruce Power's agreement with B&W Canada is signed.

Bruce Power’s agreement with B&W Canada is signed.

 

Ontario's Minister of Energy The Hon. Bob Chiarelli speaks at the announcement between Bruce Power and B&W Canada, which will positively impact jobs and the economy for years to come.

Ontario’s Minister of Energy The Hon. Bob Chiarelli speaks at the announcement between Bruce Power and B&W Canada, which will positively impact jobs and the economy for years to come.

Duncan Hawthorne speaks at the press conference announcing Bruce Power's agreement with B&W Canada.

Duncan Hawthorne speaks at the press conference announcing Bruce Power’s agreement with B&W Canada.

TIVERTON, ON – November 27, 2014 – Bruce Power has forged a $300 million agreement with B&W Canada, which will see the Cambridge company supply important services for all Bruce Power units, to meet the company’s ongoing operational needs.

The agreement will allow B&W Canada to continue to be a major employer, providing highly skilled jobs within the Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge Region, while also supporting the affordable production of electricity from Bruce Power.

“This agreement is a win-win for all involved, securing jobs and injecting millions into Ontario’s economy,” said Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our relationship with B&W is strong and they are a key player in helping Bruce Power to provide safe, low-cost, reliable power to every third home, school and business in the province.”

The contract includes engineering, tooling development, skilled trades training and site work execution.

“We’re a proud, long-term supplier to Bruce Power, dating back to 1977 when we supplied the site’s first steam generators,” said John MacQuarrie, President, B&W Canada. “This award represents our continued commitment to supplying Bruce Power with trusted solutions that support the production of safe, clean, affordable power for Ontario.”

B&W Canada and Bruce Power participated in an official signing ceremony on Nov. 27, which was attended by Ontario’s Minister of Energy The Honorable Bob Chiarelli, Cambridge MPP Kathryn McGarry, community leaders and staff.

“This announcement is a demonstration of the positive economic impact the Bruce Power site has on the Cambridge community, by creating jobs and investment in the area. Output from Bruce Power is an affordable source of electricity and important to the economy in southwestern Ontario,” McGarry said.

Work associated with the award of this contract will commence in January 2015 and is expected to carry out into 2020. It also provides a foundation to be expanded as Bruce Power proceeds with extending the lives of its units as outlined in Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan.

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 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 B&W

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., The Babcock & Wilcox Company is a leader in clean energy technology and services, primarily for the nuclear, fossil and renewable power markets, as well as a premier advanced technology and mission critical defense contractor. B&W has locations worldwide and employs approximately 11,600 people, in addition to joint venture employees throughout the world. Learn more at www.babcock.com.

For further information, please contact:

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

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Bruce Power’s Unit 5 returns to service after planned maintenance outage

TIVERTON, ONNov. 27, 2014 – Bruce Power’s Unit 5 was returned to service Thursday morning after completing a planned maintenance outage.

Unit 5, which had operated for over 500 continuous days before being removed from service for the $86 million maintenance investment program, is one of the top-performing pressurized heavy-water reactors in the world. The final planned outage of 2014 brought 400 temporary workers onto the Bruce Power site.

“Once again, our employees and supplemental workforce have demonstrated their ability to complete highly technical work in a safe and efficient manner,” said Brian O’Grady, Senior Vice President, Bruce B. “By completing our outage program on time and budget, Unit 5 is well prepared to provide clean, reliable and carbon-free electricity to the province during the cold winter months.”

Bruce Power operators also safely completed a Cobalt-60 harvest from Unit 5, which will be used by Nordion to support gamma sterilization, which is used to sterilize 40 per cent of single-use medical devices. To learn more about Cobalt-60’s uses in the medical industry, visit www.cleannuclearpowersafehospitals.com.

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, 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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Bruce Power and Asthma Society of Canada release emissions report

TIVERTON, ONNov. 25, 2014 Bruce Power and the Asthma Society of Canada have released a co-authored report on Ontario’s improved air emissions, which outlines the important role Bruce Power nuclear plays in meeting the province’s climate change targets while improving air quality for Ontario’s most vulnerable residents.

‘Clean Air Ontario’ outlines the impact of the world’s reliance on greenhouse gas-heavy energy sources such as coal, which have contributed to poor air quality and poor human health. Ontario’s success in shutting down coal plants – mainly through the refurbishment of Bruce Power Units 1-4 over the past decade – is an example of how jurisdictions can meet energy demands while improving human health and quality of life.

In the 1990s, when Bruce A’s four nuclear units were shut down by the former Ontario Hydro, coal-fired generation rose from 12 per cent in 1995 to 29 per cent of the province’s energy supply mix in 2000. This resulted in a high number of summer smog days and increased lung-health problems, including asthma exacerbations.

“The return of carbon-free nuclear electricity generation has meant significantly fewer summer smog days in the Greater Toronto Area since 2005, when the area experienced 48 such days, as compared to none in 2014,” said Dr. Rob Oliphant, President and CEO, Asthma Society of Canada. “Ontario’s improved air quality correlates with the province’s increased reliance on Bruce Power’s carbon-free nuclear energy and the phasing out of coal. Every step we take towards a cleaner electricity supply mix and a reduced reliance on fossil fuels for energy and transportation, the better the air quality in the province. As we reduce carbon emissions with the help of Bruce Power, we increase the quality of life for our residents, especially those who suffer with asthma.”

Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power’s President and CEO, said clean, reliable and carbon-free nuclear energy is integral to the future of Ontario’s electrical system.

“Over the past 11 years, Bruce Power has invested over $7 billion in its eight reactors to ensure the province has access to reliable and carbon-free nuclear power,” Hawthorne said. “This has allowed the province to end its dependency on coal, which has resulted in cleaner air and healthier communities for our families.”

To read Clean Air Ontario visit www.brucepower.com/clean-air-ontario.

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 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 associated allergies through education and research. Since its inception in 1974, the ASC provides a variety of asthma education and awareness programs, funds many research projects (to gain a better understanding of the disease and how it can be better managed) and has gained a reputation for providing high-quality asthma education and information to Canadians.

For further information, please contact:

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

Noah Farber – 416-787-4050 x100

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Agencies to test emergency text messages and radio broadcasts

TIVERTON, ONNov. 24, 2014 – Bruce Power, in partnership with The Municipality of Kincardine and TELUS, will be testing enhancements to the municipality’s emergency public alerting system at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26. At that time, the company will share recorded messages through local radio broadcasts and free text messages.

“Bruce Power is pleased to be working with both the municipality and TELUS to test this innovative technology that can be used to communicate with residents during emergency situations,” said Brian Hilbers, Chief Legal Officer and Vice President, Emergency Management.

“While we have jointly developed this capability to meet our own Safety First requirements at Bruce Power, we believe this system will also be of great benefit to the municipality for more likely occurrences such as extreme weather,” added Hilbers.

The two radio stations involved in the test, MyFM 95.5 based in Kincardine and 98 The Beach in Saugeen Shores, will be participating as a public service. In addition, TELUS wireless subscribers within about 10 kilometres of the Bruce Power site will receive the free SMS messages.

“TELUS is pleased to work with Bruce Power and the Municipality of Kincardine on this project to alert our customers via text messages in the event of an emergency,” said Chris Langdon, TELUS Vice-President of Consumer Products & Services. “Mobile text alerts are a very quick and effective way to share critical information with the public in an emergency, where seconds can count. Our hope and expectation is that we will learn valuable lessons from this test about how alerts can help people keep themselves safe.”

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 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 Telus

TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is Canada’s fastest-growing national telecommunications company, with $11.8 billion of annual revenue and 13.5 million customer connections, including 8.0 million wireless subscribers, 3.2 million wireline network access lines, 1.45 million Internet subscribers and 888,000 TELUS TV customers. TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services, including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and video, and is Canada’s largest healthcare IT provider.

For more information please contact:

Bruce Power – John Peevers, Investor & Media Relations Manager – 519-361-6583

The Municipality of Kincardine – Roberta Trelford, Community Emergency Management Coordinator – 519-396-2141 ext. 4

 

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Nordion and Bruce Power sign long-term contract to supply Cobalt-60 for clean, safe hospitals

Bruce Power and Nordion announced a 14-year extension of their contract today, which will see the nuclear company continue to supply Nordion with Cobalt-60, which is used to sterilize medical instruments. Attending the announcement in Ottawa today were (l-r) Scott McIntosh, President of Nordion, Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power President and CEO, Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Energy, and Dr. Sanjay Acharya, of Carlton Queensway Hospital. Learn more at www.cleannuclearpowersafehospitals.com.

Bruce Power and Nordion announced a 14-year extension of their contract today, which will see the nuclear company continue to supply Nordion with Cobalt-60, which is used to sterilize medical instruments. Attending the announcement in Ottawa today were (l-r) Scott McIntosh, President of Nordion, Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power President and CEO, Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Energy, and Dr. Sanjay Acharya, of Queensway Carlton Hospital. Learn more at www.cleannuclearpowersafehospitals.com.

OTTAWA, Nov. 14, 2014 – Nordion, a business unit of Sterigenics International LLC, is pleased to announce it has signed a multi-year agreement up to an additional 14-years with long-time partner Bruce Power, operator of the largest nuclear facility in the world, to provide a long-term supply of Cobalt-60 that will support health care around the world.

Cobalt-60 makes an invaluable contribution to the health care industry and is used to sterilize approximately 40 per cent of all single-use medical devices and equipment produced globally.

“In today’s world, where spread of disease is discussed daily, we are reminded how critical it is to have sterile medical products to mitigate risk to patients and the health care community,” said Scott McIntosh, President, Gamma Technologies and Corporate Services, Nordion. “This agreement signifies the value and importance that Bruce Power and Nordion place on ensuring the long-term, stable supply of Cobalt-60 for the sterilization industry and our customers.”

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates more than 640,000 major surgeries are performed each day around the world. Sterilized disposable medical products are used in virtually all of these procedures. Cobalt-60 is supplied to the over 200 gamma irradiators in 55 countries that sterilize surgical gloves, gowns, masks, syringes, sutures, catheters, pharmaceuticals, implants and tissue, as well as several products used in the food and consumer products industries (Source: International Atomic Energy Agency).

“Bruce Power is committed to not only playing a role in providing a reliable source of affordable, clean electricity over the long-term, but securing the world’s largest source of Cobalt-60 from our Bruce B units” said Duncan Hawthorne, President & CEO, Bruce Power. “While we are signing a long-term agreement today, our commitment is to ensure we continue to supply Cobalt-60 to Nordion as we extend the lives of our units for decades to come so they can support both the needs of a modern health care system, while providing Ontario families and businesses affordable electricity,” added Hawthorne.

If Ontario’s Long Term Energy Plan (LTEP) was fully implemented, including the life extension and refurbishment of the Bruce B units, these units would operate until approximately 2060. By moving forward with Bruce Power’s role in the LTEP, the supply of both Cobalt-60 and electricity could be secured for the long-term. Bruce Power provides nearly a third of Ontario’s electricity from its 8-unit facility in Southwestern Ontario at a cost of 30 per cent below the average cost of electricity in the province. Ontario’s LTEP has earmarked 6,300 MW of output from the Bruce Power site to meet the supply needs of Ontario for decades to come that will be enabled through a multi-year investment program to renew the site.

“Ontario has developed a nuclear power industry with an international reputation for safety, innovation and excellence – and an impressive history of supporting jobs at home,” said Hon. Bob Chiarelli, Ontario’s Minister of Energy and MPP (Ottawa West-Nepean). “Today’s announcement underscores the important contribution nuclear technology makes in our province.”

For more information about Cobalt-60, and Nordion’s partnership with Bruce Power, visit www.cleannuclearpowersafehospitals.com.

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 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 Nordion

Nordion Inc. provides market-leading products used for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease. We are a leading provider of medical isotopes and gamma technologies that benefit the lives of millions of people around the world. Our products are used daily by pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, medical-device manufacturers, hospitals, clinics and research laboratories. Nordion supplies products to approximately 500 customers across more than 40 countries around the globe. Our parent company, Sterigenics International LLC, is the global leader in contract sterilization and ionization services for the medical devices, food safety and high performance/specialty materials industries serving customers around the world. Find out more at www.nordion.com and follow us at twitter.com/NordionInc.

 

Media Contacts

Shelley Maclean, Nordion – (613) 592-3400 x2414 – shelley.maclean@nordion.com

John Peevers, Bruce Power – (519) 361-6583 – john.peevers@brucepower.com

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