Bruce Power is announcing a new site peak output of 6,400 megawatts (MW) when all eight units are operating.
This is an additional 100 MW of clean, reliable and affordable energy, which is enough to power a city the size of Sudbury. The additional output comes as a result of the extended life program for the Bruce Power facility through enhancing the performance of key systems. Bruce Power’s peak output was previously reported as 6,300 MW.
“An extra 100 megawatts from the Bruce Power site during peaks provides enough clean, reliable, low-cost electricity to safely power, on average,100,000 homes, which is equivalent to powering every home in cities such as Niagara Falls, Kingston or Sudbury,” said Mike Rencheck, Bruce Power’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “The peak will be reached during the winter months, when demand is high and Ontario often exports to Quebec to help with its tight supply during that time of year.”
The additional output is achieved through efficiencies gained on the non-nuclear side of the station and does not impact reactor power levels. It will continue to help Ontario through periods of high demand while the Bruce Power units also provide needed flexibility to the system through its dynamic response capability, which is initiated when demand changes throughout the day or seasonally.
More electricity from the Bruce Power units is good news for Ontario families and businesses as the company generates 30 per cent of Ontario’s electricity at 30 per cent below the average residential cost of power. The low cost of nuclear was recently highlighted in a news release from the Ontario Energy Board which indicated nuclear accounts for only 38 per cent of the Global Adjustment while generating 59 per cent of the electricity. Global Adjustment is a primary driver of how electricity rates are set in Ontario.
Since 2003, Bruce Power has doubled its number of operating units from four to eight and, in doing so, has provided 70 per cent of the power Ontario needed to shut down its coal-fired electricity stations, which was completed in 2014. It’s no coincidence the number of smog days dropped in conjunction with the end of coal – in 2005 there were 48 smog days while there were none in 2015.
Over the next 20 years, Bruce Power will invest in these publicly owned assets and continue enhancing system performance, as well as replace major components through refurbishment, extending the operating life of six more of its units. This program will create 22,000 direct and indirect jobs across Ontario at peak and inject about $1 billion into the province’s economy annually.