Recent polling shows 85 per cent of Bruce, Grey and Huron county residents support Bruce Power’s Life-Extension Program, up six per cent from 2014.
Residents said they support life extension, which includes Major Component Replacement Projects on Units 3-8 between 2020 and ’36, because it will create jobs (20 per cent), it’s necessary (10 per cent), they like nuclear power (eight per cent) and it’s clean/good for the environment (seven per cent), among other reasons.
Bruce Power signed a long-term agreement with the Independent Electricity System Operator in 2015 that will see six Bruce Power units operate through to 2064 after undergoing a Life-Extension Program between 2016 and 2053. This means 30 per cent of Ontario’s electricity will be provided by Bruce Power for decades, as outlined in the 2013 Long-Term Energy Plan. The maintenance program will result in 22,000 direct and indirect jobs and $4 billion in annual economic investment across Ontario, where 90 per cent of Bruce Power’s spending occurs.
“We conduct regular polling in our region and across Ontario in order to keep our finger on the pulse of our communities,” said James Scongack, Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Environment. “We enjoy good community engagement and support, but that’s something we will never take for granted. That’s why we continuously communicate our site happenings, and meet face-to-face with local residents, Indigenous communities and municipal officials as often as possible. This polling proves our efforts have helped increase the understanding of Bruce Power’s role in Ontario’s energy mix, and the importance of reliable and carbon-free nuclear power.”
Some of the other questions in the latest polling found 52 per cent of residents are ‘somewhat knowledgeable’ of nuclear technology, with 14 per cent saying they are ‘very knowledgeable,’ up from eight per cent in 2014. Ninety-three per cent of residents agree the Bruce Power facility operates safely, and that Bruce Power is a good community citizen (92 per cent), while 90 per cent have confidence in the security measures at Bruce Power and believe Bruce Power is involved with the community in a positive way.
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Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an electricity company based in Bruce County, Ontario. We are powered by our people. Our 4,200 employees are the foundation of our accomplishments and are proud of the role they play in safely delivering clean, reliable, low-cost nuclear power to families and businesses across the province. Bruce Power has worked hard to build strong roots in Ontario and is committed to protecting the environment and supporting the communities in which we live. Learn more at www.brucepower.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.
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