Bruce Power is applauding the Government of Ontario’s proposed ‘Ending Coal for Cleaner Air Act,’ which, if passed, would ensure coal-fired electricity could never again be generated once the final coal plant is shut down in 2014.
“Greenhouse gases from coal and other forms of energy that burn fossil fuels negatively impact the environment and the health and quality of life of Ontario residents,” said Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power President and CEO. “Over the past decade, Bruce Power has invested billions to return four of its units to service, providing 70 per cent of the clean energy needed to shut down the province’s coal plants.”
Since nuclear power generates no carbon emissions, the innovative revitalization program at Bruce A has returned 3,000 megawatts of clean electricity to the grid, which has allowed Ontario to be the first jurisdiction in North America to get off coal, Hawthorne added.
When Bruce A was laid up in the 1990s, coal-fired generation climbed from 12 per cent in 1995 to 29 per cent in 2000, which created more pollution in Ontario’s atmosphere. Since the return of four Bruce Power units, summer smog days in the Greater Toronto Area have fallen from 45 in 2005 to only two in 2013.
“Nuclear energy is safe, reliable and clean,” Hawthorne said. “Bruce Power provides a third of Ontario’s electricity and 70 per cent of what the province has required to shut down its coal plants.
“We are extremely proud to have played such a large role in this first-of-a-kind clean air initiative.”
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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 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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