Bruce Power is celebrating 2013 as another monumental year in its history, after experiencing such highlights as operating all eight units simultaneously for the first time in nearly two decades and receiving policy support in the Ontario government’s Long-Term Energy Plan to refurbish Units 3-8 starting in 2016.
For the first time in nearly two decades, all four of Bruce A’s units were operational in 2013. After a planned investment outage on Unit 4 was complete, all four units performed admirably as spring turned to summer and the people of Ontario required more electricity to cool their homes, schools, hospitals and businesses. With winter here, Bruce Power’s eight units are consistently providing over 30 per cent of Ontario’s energy.
By realizing its full potential, Bruce A is a major reason the Ontario government has advanced its plans to shut down all coal-fired electricity generating stations in the province. With a revitalized Bruce site safely and reliably producing over 6,300 megawatts of carbon-free electricity, Bruce Power has provided 70 per cent of the energy Ontario needs to shut down coal for good.
“By returning all four of Bruce A’s units to service, we have provided incredible amounts of reliable and carbon-free electricity to the people of Ontario,” said Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power President and CEO. “As the amount of Bruce Power nuclear has gone up, the need for coal has dropped significantly, to the point where Ontario is able to deliver on coal phase out. This unprecedented environmental achievement simply would not have been possible without Bruce Power, and the people of Ontario will reap the benefits of cleaner air to breathe for generations.”
By proving refurbished units can safely and reliably provide massive amounts of carbon-free electricity, Bruce Power has given the Government of Ontario and its residents confidence that future refurbishment projects on the Bruce site will result in a clean source of energy for generations. This was clear in the government’s Long-Term Energy Plan, which was released in early-December, when the Ministry of Energy introduced the policy framework to enable Bruce Power to refurbish its six remaining units starting in 2016. The company will now work to put the commercial framework in place with the Ontario Power Authority and securing the investment to complete these projects.
“We have had a successful year in terms of proving our capability of providing 6,300 megawatts from an eight-unit site to the government and people of Ontario,” Hawthorne added. “I want to thank all of our employees for the dedication to safe and reliable operations on site and look forward to another great year in 2014.”
About Bruce Power
Bruce Power operates 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 Ottawa. 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 the Society of Energy Professionals. A majority of Bruce Power’s employees are also owners in the business.
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