Nuclear energy from Bruce Power is a critical part of Ontario's energy mix
There are many ways of generating electricity, and in Ontario we deploy most of them. While wind and solar are clean and viable sources to augment the overall energy supply, our homes and businesses need a reliable and continuous supply of electricity, night and day.
Today there are only three energy sources that can do the job. They are hydraulic power from falling or running water, the burning of fossil fuels such as coal, oil or gas, or nuclear energy created by splitting atoms.
Consider the benefits of nuclear energy
Today, Ontario has come close to harnessing all of its sources of hydraulic energy that are close to major population centres. New hydro potential generally requires significant flooding and building of dams that have serious environmental and social consequences.
Fossil burning stations have serious environmental impacts. Ontario is trying to reduce its dependency on these stations to meet its environmental goals and reduce our overall carbon footprint.
Nuclear power, on the other hand, doesn’t release pollutants into either the air or water. Secondly, nuclear is highly efficient. One station can provide all the electricity needs of a major city like Toronto, yet it requires just a few square kilometres of land. In contrast, for wind generators to produce all of the electricity for a city of three million people it would require a land mass about 40 times the size of Toronto. And even with that, a backup generation system would be needed for periods of little wind.
A highly-skilled workforce and significant contributions to our communities
Nuclear power stations provide good jobs for highly-skilled employees in their communities.
Bruce Power is the largest employer in our region with roughly 4,000 employees. Both the company and the individual employees are high-profile contributors to the surrounding communities.