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Bruce Power marks Mental Health Awareness Week with local donations

Dwight Irwin, right, Community Investment and Sponsorship Lead, presented a $5,000 cheque to the Canadian Mental Health Association Grey Bruce Men’s Program, which provides direct services to abusive men, who aren’t court-appointed to the organization. Receiving the cheque are Claude Anderson, CMHA Grey Bruce Executive Director, left, and Joachim Ostertag, Men’s Program lead.

Dwight Irwin, right, Community Investment and Sponsorship Lead, presented a $5,000 cheque to the Canadian Mental Health Association Grey Bruce Men’s Program, which provides direct services to abusive men, who aren’t court-appointed to the organization. Receiving the cheque are Claude Anderson, CMHA Grey Bruce Executive Director, left, and Joachim Ostertag, Men’s Program lead.

Dwight Irwin, right, Community Investment and Sponsorship Lead, presented a $1,500 cheque to the Canadian Mental Health Association Grey Bruce’s Ride Don’t Hide event, which runs June 21 in Owen Sound. Pictured are Claude Anderson, CMHA Grey Bruce Executive Director, left, and April Robinson, Special Events and Fundraising for the CMHA Grey Bruce.

Dwight Irwin, right, Community Investment and Sponsorship Lead, presented a $1,500 cheque to the Canadian Mental Health Association Grey Bruce’s Ride Don’t Hide event, which runs June 21 in Owen Sound. Pictured are Claude Anderson, CMHA Grey Bruce Executive Director, left, and April Robinson, Special Events and Fundraising for the CMHA Grey Bruce.

Bruce Power marked Mental Health Awareness Week with two donations to the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHAGB) Grey Bruce.

Bruce Power donated $5,000 to the Men’s Program, which is a domestic violence prevention, early intervention and public education that focuses on helping non-court appointed abusive men.

The program:

• Helps men identify their abusive behaviours and attitudes, become accountable for their actions and learn respectful alternative behaviours.

• Helps men overcome negative attitudes towards their partner and women in general.

• Helps men develop empathy and healthy, respectful relationships based on partnership rather than power and control.

• Helps men overcome isolation and develop support systems in the community.

• Provides tools for anger management and constructive parenting.

• Provides understanding the connections between substance use, relationships and violence

• Provides referrals to other agencies (mental health, addiction etc.).

• Provides continues intake, counselling and ongoing support.

The Men’s Program operates out of CMHAGB’s office in downtown Owen Sound.

Bruce Power also donated $1,500 to the annual Ride Don’t Hide bike event, which raises money for CMHAGB and mental health awareness initiatives in the region.

About 200 cyclists are expected to take part in a 6 km, 25 km, 50 km or 88 km bike ride, while families can also do a loop within Kelso Beach. Learn more about Ride Don’t Hide at www.gb.cmha.ca or follow on Twitter @RideGB.

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Bruce Power and Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power enter into cooperation agreement

SEOUL, KOREAApril 28, 2015 – Bruce Power and Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power (KHNP) have entered into an agreement that will see the two companies explore new areas of collaboration with a particular focus on enhancing nuclear safety, operational performance and execution of large projects such as refurbishment.

“As nuclear operators, Bruce Power and KHNP are both committed to the value of ‘Safety First’ and achieve this high standard through active collaboration, transparency and continuous improvement,” said Duncan Hawthorne, President and CEO of Bruce Power. “This Memorandum of Understanding provides a framework in which Bruce Power and KHNP can build on our successful working relationship over the last 14 years.”

The agreement was signed in Seoul today as part of a nuclear Trade Mission to South Korea being led by the nuclear industry and Ontario government.

“KHNP and Bruce Power have experience with the refurbishment of CANDU nuclear reactors and a range of life extension and investment activities that will continue for many years to come as these CANDU units play an important role in meeting the electricity needs in both jurisdictions,” said Seung-Chul Lee, Vice President, Technology Policy and Strategy Department.

Bruce Power and KHNP have developed a range of lessons learned and strengths through their operation of CANDU reactors and are committed to building a long-term relationship to enhance the co-operation between the two organizations.

“This trade mission offered a tremendous opportunity to promote Ontario’s nuclear expertise and share knowledge with South Korea’s energy sector. By learning from each other and working together, we build partnerships which increase economic opportunities and continue to promote innovation in our jurisdictions,” said Reza Moridi, Minister of Research and Innovation.

The two organizations currently share best practices and information through a range of industry forums including the CANDU Owners Group and the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO). Bruce Power and KHNP will work to complete a Technical Assistance Agreement by the end of 2015 that will provide a long-term framework for sharing in key areas of CANDU operations and refurbishment activities.

“Ontario and South Korea share a number of energy priorities, among them nuclear power, grid modernization, conservation and renewable energy. New partnership opportunities help Ontario and Korea advance our broader objectives and find innovative solutions to provide clean, reliable, affordable electricity,” said Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Energy

Some of the collaboration objectives include:

  • Sharing of lessons learned, information and future strategies related to the operations and successful refurbishment of CANDU units.
  • Facilitation of benchmarking trips, meetings and joint projects between the two operators on a range of elements to the operation and life extension of CANDU facilities.
  • Sharing of approaches and strategies to communicate openly with the public and share information on the safe, reliable operations from CANDU reactors.

About Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power

Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co. Ltd (KHNP) is the largest power generation company and leads nuclear industry fleet in the Republic of Korea, operating and constructing nuclear power plants and hydro power plants. KHNP is a company duly organized and existing under the laws of the Republic of Korea and operates 23 nuclear power units and 5 are under construction. Out of the 23 operational units, four are CANDU-6 reactors at the Wolsong Nuclear Power Site. Nuclear power provides approximately 30% of total electricity generation in Republic of Korea.

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 new scholarship program for Aboriginal post-secondary students

TIVERTON, ON April 23, 2015 Bruce Power is launching a new post-secondary Aboriginal Scholarship program to support students from local Aboriginal communities.

The program will award $2,000 to 10 students annually to assist with their education beyond their first year. Funds can be used to help cover costs related to travel, accommodation, tuition and books.

“Education is such a crucial stepping stone in life, but it can be an expensive one, so we’re proud to be able to help local young people reach their dreams,” said Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power’s President and CEO. “This will help students to get in a better position to apply for jobs at Bruce Power and other companies.”

Students from Saugeen, Nawash, Historic Saugeen Metis and members of Metis Nation of Ontario Region 7, who have completed their first year of post-secondary education or first year of a skilled trade, are eligible. Details on how to apply are available at www.brucepower.com/community/aboriginal-relations/aboriginal-scholarships/.

This new scholarship builds on existing Bruce Power initiatives, including the annual sports bursary, in partnership with the Owen Sound Attack. This year, four students received $750 each and were recognized at the ceremonial faceoff during an April 1 Attack game.

In February, Bruce Power also launched the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative at Saugeen District Secondary School with the Right Honourable Paul Martin, the school board, community mentors and Saugeen First Nation. The initiative aims to improve students’ proficiency in business, math, literacy, technology and leadership, and Bruce Power has provided $41,000 to the program.

At that time, a new Aboriginal scholarship fund was created in honour of Mr. Martin, which will see Bruce Power provide six scholarships of $1,000 to two Grade 12 Aboriginal students at each of Saugeen District Secondary School, Peninsula Shores District School and St Mary’s High School for the next three years. This represents a three-year total investment of $18,000.

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 B Vacuum Building inspection and maintenance program underway

TIVERTON, ONApril 15, 2015 – Innovation will be on display over the next month as Bruce Power begins a Vacuum Building inspection and maintenance program which occurs roughly every 10 years and will see all four units at Bruce B shut down.

“This inspection and maintenance program is a great example of innovation at work at Bruce Power as we continue to explore new and better ways to ensure we are fully living up to our Number One value of Safety First,” said Brian O’Grady, Senior Vice President of Bruce B.

Two unmanned aerial vehicles will make their debut at Bruce Power to complete inspections of spray header hangers at the top of the vacuum building. The unmanned aerial vehicles, which resemble miniature helicopters, have an array of six propellers and a camera mounted below. The unmanned aerial vehicles will save an enormous amount of time and effort to erect and remove scaffolding that would otherwise be required to complete this inspection.

During the outage, divers will enter the dousing tank at the top of the structure, which contains more than 10,000 cubic metres of water, to inspect the tank. In some earlier vacuum building outages, the tank was drained prior to inspection which was both time-consuming and expensive.

An additional 300 temporary workers will be on site during the $30 million investment program which coincides with a $100 million investment and maintenance program which began on Unit 6 last week. Approximately 700 temporary workers are onsite working on Unit 6 which brings the number of temporary staff on site to more than 1,000.

The 45-metre high vacuum building is a concrete structure with walls approximately a metre thick and is a unique safety feature of CANDU reactors designed to protect the public, employees and the environment by preventing the release of radioactivity in the unlikely event of a large loss of reactor coolant.

During normal operation, the air inside the vacuum building is maintained at one-tenth atmospheric pressure by vacuum pumps in the upper and lower chambers. The vacuum building is separated from the station containment structure by an array of 18 large pressure relief valves which are connected to massive tubes at the base of the Vacuum Building. In the event of a loss of coolant, any radioactive steam would be travel into the vacuum building and be doused with water and contained.

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 Ontario’s climate change announcement

This morning, the Ontario government announced a new provincial system to limit greenhouse gas emissions, which will be carried-out in conjunction with other jurisdictions including California and Quebec.

Bruce Power supports this announcement and the efforts of the Ontario government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to tackle climate change. A key foundational element to tackling climate change is to have a modern, clean electricity system that powers homes and business across the province.

Over the last decade, Ontario has moved to a modern, clean electricity system through the phase-out of coal-fired generation representing one of the single largest climate change initiatives in North America.

Since 2003, Bruce Power has generated 70 per cent of the additional electricity Ontario needed to get off coal while at the same time serving as an active voice in the ongoing dialogue to achieve a balanced supply mix in the province.Under Ontario’s Long Term Energy Plan (LTEP), Bruce Power will continue to play this role for many years to come as part of a balanced, clean supply mix.

In March, Bruce Power released its submission to the Ontario’s Climate Change consultation process titled, Doing Our Part: Bruce Power’s contribution to a clean, modern electricity system, while also announcing the establishment of a $400,000 environment and sustainability fund.

 

 

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Bruce Power opens new fire training facility

Brian Hilbers, left, Chief Legal Officer and Vice President, Emergency and Protective Services, and Frank Saunders, right, Vice President, Oversight and Regulatory Affairs, right, join Duncan Hawthorne, middle, President and CEO, in opening Bruce Power’s new, 23,000 square foot fire training facility on Monday.

Brian Hilbers, left, Chief Legal Officer and Vice President, Emergency and Protective Services, and Frank Saunders, right, Vice President, Oversight and Regulatory Affairs, right, join Duncan Hawthorne, middle, President and CEO, in opening Bruce Power’s new, 23,000 square foot fire training facility on Monday.

TIVERTON, ONApril 13, 2015Bruce Power has added to its already impressive emergency preparedness capabilities with the construction of a new 23,000-square foot fire training facility, which officially opened today.

“This is another important safety enhancement for our site and it will offer our Emergency and Protective Services staff improved training opportunities so they’re ready to respond,” said Brian Hilbers, Bruce Power’s Vice President. “We also look forward to advancing with local municipal fire departments potential co-training opportunities which we believe will help make our communities even safer as well.”

The $25 million facility, which took 18 months to build, includes a mock-up of a turbine generator which allows firefighters to practice on realistic scenarios. Propane fuelled props, producing fire and smoke, will simulate a variety of situations, and thermal cameras, located throughout the building, will capture video footage and stream it back to a central control room.

The main building, which can be used year round, is 80 feet by 227 feet and 30 feet, with a 50-foot tower for high-angle rescue training. There are also a number of outdoor fire simulators including a car, forklift and transformer.

The environmentally-friendly building replaces an older fire facility at the same location on the Bruce Power site, and features clean burning props which meet or exceed all regulatory standards.

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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Unit 6 maintenance and inspection program underway

TIVERTON, ONApril 9, 2015 – A planned maintenance and inspection program is underway on Unit 6 that will see an investment of approximately $100 million in the 822 megawatt unit. The unit was shut down Wednesday after more than 100 days of continuous service providing, clean, reliable and affordable electricity to the provincial grid.

“This investment is being made so the unit can run safely and reliably through its next operational cycle,” said Brian O’Grady, Senior Vice President, Bruce B. “By investing now, we are setting the table for continued safe, reliable performance and helping keep the air clean for Ontario families.” Approximately 700 temporary workers will work alongside Bruce Power employees to complete thousands of tasks prior to the unit’s return in the third quarter of 2015

Bruce B was the top performing multi-unit CANDU plant in the world last year and was recognized internationally being awarded the Institute of Nuclear Power Operators (INPO) award of excellence in recognition of its world-class performance. Earlier this week, Unit 8 achieved a run of 500 consecutive days of operation.

For further information, please contact:

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

 

 

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Bruce Power launches Environment and Sustainability fund

TIVERTON, ONApril 2, 2015 – Bruce Power is pleased to announce the establishment of an annual $400,000 Environmental and Sustainability Fund. The fund will support a range of initiatives within the region and be focused on enhancing environment, sustainability and conservation.

“Bruce Power not only delivers clean electricity and strong environmental stewardship through our operations but also recognizes we have a larger role to play. This fund formalizes the support we’ve traditionally offered to a number of initiatives that advance conservation, restoration and education projects,” said James Scongack, Bruce Power’s Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Environment Management System Representative.

“Bruce Power has built a range of strong partnerships in this area that work toward common goals and this fund will ensure continued funding so those goals are realized.”

The fund will deliver funding of $400,000 per year to a number of projects and partnerships in in the region and across Ontario. In 2015, some of these projects will include:

  • The construction of Electric Vehicle Charging stations in Huron, Bruce and Grey counties in partnership with Plug’N Drive and participating municipalities. These locations will be announced later this year.
  • A partnership with the Lake Huron Fishing Club to advance the continued health of Lake Huron including support the elementary school educational Mini-Hatcheries Program, Maple Hill Fishway and Huron Tributary Stream study.
  • The protection of our watershed in partnership with Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority, with particular emphasis on education through programs like the DEER program which is offered to local schools and deals with various aspects of the local ecosystem as well as energy conservation, the Lockerby Dam projects and the Emerald Ash Borer Collaborative Trapping and Education Program.
  • A Phragmites Management Plan in partnership with the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation and the Municipality of Kincardine.
  • The construction of Monarch Way Stations in partnership with Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores.

Interested organizations who have initiatives they would like to bring to Bruce Power’s attention can apply through the company’s Community Investment and Sponsorship Program at http://www.brucepower.com/community/community-investment/. The company will report on initiatives funded through this program on an annual basis.

Earlier this week, Bruce Power released its submission to Ontario’s climate change consultation process titled, “Doing our part: Bruce Power’s contribution to a clean, modern electricity system”. A full copy of the submission can be found here: http://www.brucepower.com/9938/reports/bruce-powers-ontario-climate-change-consultation-submission/.

 

 

 

 

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Update on Emergency Preparedness enhancements

 

TIVERTON, ON – March 31, 2015 – Last year, new regulatory requirements by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), which were supported by Bruce Power, called for enhancements to the distribution of potassium iodide (KI) tablets that are currently stored at one central location within the Municipality of Kincardine to a more distributed approach throughout the region.

Recognizing this requirement, Bruce Power in partnership with The Municipality of Kincardine and Grey Bruce Public Health, is working to enhance distribution of potassium iodide (KI) tablets to households and businesses around the Bruce Power site in 2015.

“While it’s always best to prepare for the unexpected, it’s very unlikely that anyone would ever need to take potassium iodide to block an uptake of radioactive iodine,” said Dr. Hazel Lynn, Medical Officer of Health, Grey Bruce Health Unit. “It’s important that while we work to enhance the manner in which these tablets are distributed that we don’t create unnecessary public concern,” added Lynn.

This process will be completed by the end of 2015 and will include additional public outreach activities. The joint effort is an enhancement to a long standing practice that has been in place for years between the Bruce Power site and the Municipality of Kincardine.

“This initiative will replace the existing practice of having the tablets available in bulk at the Municipal Reception Evacuation Centre,” said Anne Eadie, Mayor of The Municipality of Kincardine. “There is consensus having the tablets in homes rather than a central location is more practical in the immediate area around the site.”

“Our region has a 50-year history of safe nuclear operations and the distribution of potassium iodide tablets have been part of our ongoing emergency preparedness activities for years,” said James Scongack, Bruce Power’s Vice President of Corporate Affairs. “The improvements we’re making will focus on the enhanced distribution along with additional information for area residents using updated communications tools. We will also focus on extensive public outreach to ensure people understand this is not a new practice but rather an enhancement to an existing plan.”

Information packages will be mailed out in early April to approximately 1,500 residents and businesses within 10 km of the Bruce Power site outlining a number of options as to how to obtain these tablets for safe keeping in their home or business with direct follow-up to occur with those residents.

Distribution in the broader area, which is 50 km around the site, will also be enhanced later this year through an increased number of storage locations and more information provided to the public using new communications tools.

Earlier this year, Bruce Power and a coalition of agencies and municipalities with an interest in public safety launched a new website to provide residents of Grey, Bruce and Huron counties with the information they need to prepare for emergencies.

The website, www.bepreparedgreybrucehuron.com, is an educational resource for the different types of emergencies all residents should be prepared for, and provides tips on what to do in the event of a fire, flood, tornado, winter storm or nuclear emergency. This website has been updated with all of the new information related to this distribution enhancement plan.

For further information, please contact:

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

 

 

 

 

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Bruce Power participates in climate change discussion

TIVERTON, ONMarch 30, 2015 – Today Bruce Power is sharing its submission to the Ontario’s Climate Change consultation process titled, Doing Our Part: Bruce Power’s contribution to a clean, modern electricity system.

“As the province prepares to consider a range of new climate change initiatives coming out of this consultation, it’s important for us to reinforce the role Bruce Power plays in a balanced, affordable and clean electricity supply mix,” said Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power’s President and CEO. “By continuing to play our role in Ontario’s Long Term Energy Plan we can maintain the progress we have made on emissions reduction within the electricity sector through the phase-out of coal and also offer solutions in a wide-range of other areas.”

Since 2003, Bruce Power has generated 70 per cent of the additional electricity Ontario needed to get off coal while at the same time serving as an active voice in the ongoing dialogue to achieve a balanced supply mix in Province.

“We have launched a series of innovative tools that people in the province can use to understand the cost and environmental impact from various energy sources along with how to conserve electricity in their homes and understand the economics of driving electric,” Hawthorne said.

These tools include 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.

Here is a link to Bruce Power’s Climate Change submission: http://bit.ly/1BJiNzS.

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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