Now that summer has officially passed with just two smog days in Ontario, it’s clear the province has come a long way in keeping the air clean, thanks, in part, to increased output from Bruce Power nuclear.
Looking back a decade to 2003, when there were 19 smog days, Bruce Power produced 6.22 terawatts of electricity during the summer months, while the province relied heavily on coal production with 9.22 terawatts coming from these Ontario plants. Fast forward 10 years to 2013 and during the same three-month period, Bruce Power produced 11.6 terawatts of electricity from its eight units while only 1.14 terawatts of electricity were generated from coal.
“By successfully returning our site to its full operating potential and safely producing carbon-free electricity from our eight units this summer, we have proven the people of Ontario can count on us for nearly a third of their energy during peak periods,” said Duncan Hawthorne, President and CEO. “More electricity from Bruce Power nuclear meant cleaner air for families across the province.”
This was the first summer in two decades that all eight Bruce Power units have been operational, providing the people of Ontario with carbon-free electricity to run their air conditioners when temperatures soared.
During this summer, Bruce Power produced 30 per cent of Ontario’s power, up from 23 per cent during the summer of 2012 when the Units 1 and 2 refurbishment project was about to reach its conclusion. The availability of another two Bruce Power units this year resulted in more megawatts of clean and reliable power continuously streaming from the Bruce site to the people of Ontario, supported by the new Bruce-Milton transmission line.
The return of 3,000 MW of Bruce Power nuclear over the past decade has played a major role in improving Ontario’s air quality. With the revitalization of the Bruce site since 2001, Bruce Power has generated 70 per cent of the energy needed to shut down all of Ontario’s coal plants, Hawthorne said. To learn more about how Bruce Power is helping Ontario get off coal, visit www.nuclearupcoaldown.ca.
About Bruce Power
Bruce Power operates the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility 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 employees are also owners in the business.
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