Recent independent polling has shown an increase in the number of Ontario residents who support the refurbishment of the remaining six reactors at the Bruce Power site.
Ipsos Reid polled 800 Ontarians from across the province, balancing age, gender, political affiliation and location. Overall, 74 per cent support refurbishing Bruce Power’s remaining six units. That’s 11 per cent more Ontario residents supporting a multi-billion dollar private investment in Units 3-8 than in a 2012 poll which asked the same question. Refurbishing Units 3-8 would increase their lifespan, guaranteeing the province access to safe, clean, reliable and carbon-free electricity through 2040.
“By operating our units safely and to the world’s highest standards, we are proving to Ontario residents that Bruce Power nuclear is the among the most cost-effective and reliable forms of electricity available,” said James Scongack, Vice President, Corporate Affairs. “We appreciate the support, but will never take it for granted. We know we have to continuously prove ourselves by completing projects that benefit the people of Ontario and the environment, much like we did last year when we successfully returned Units 1 and 2 to service.”
These units have performed admirably since their return and have proven that residents and businesses of Ontario can count on the innovative people of Bruce Power to reliably and safely refurbish nuclear assets, Scongack said.
Ontario’s Minister of Energy Hon. Bob Chiarelli also recently voiced his support for the refurbishment of Ontario’s reactors, including those operated by Bruce Power. His support was echoed during the public consultation process of the recent Long-Term Energy Plan Review, where a strong majority of respondents to the online survey said nuclear power was Ontario’s best option, while the results also underlined the importance of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from energy forms like coal and natural gas. To see the LTEP results, visit www.energy.gov.on.ca/en/ltep.
Nuclear produces no carbon emissions and Bruce Power continues to play a key role in Ontario’s commitment to closing coal plants, producing 70 per cent of the energy needed for the province to do so. To learn more, visit www.nuclearupcoaldown.ca.
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, Cameco, Borealis Infrastructure Management (a division of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System) as well as the Power Workers’ Union and Society of Energy Professionals. A majority of Bruce Power’s 4,000 employees are also owners of the business.
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