Kim Rudd, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources, toured the Bruce Power site Wednesday, when all eight units were at high power and providing 30 per cent of Ontario’s supply at 30 per cent below the average residential price.
“It is truly impressive to see the pride employees of Bruce Power show in delivering clean, reliable power to Ontario families and businesses,” said Rudd, who is Member of Parliament (MP) for Northumberland-Peterborough South. “Our government recognizes the role nuclear plays in helping us achieve our climate change goals, while keeping the economy strong. Visiting the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility and meeting with the Bruce Power team was a real privilege.”
She also congratulated staff in the Bruce B control room for a record-setting run in Unit 7, reaffirming nuclear’s role as the workhorse of Ontario’s electricity system. The 822-megawatt unit surpassed its previous record of 465 consecutive days of operation on Aug. 19 and is currently at 478 days and counting.
“We were pleased and honoured to host the Parliamentary Secretary and to share the Bruce Power story, which is one rooted in a commitment to our number one value of ‘Safety First,’ while also playing a positive role in the communities where we operate,” said Mike Rencheck, President and CEO of Bruce Power. “In my short time here, I have already developed an immense sense of pride in our employees’ unwavering focus on delivering safe, low-cost, clean and reliable electricity to Ontario families and businesses.”
Since 2003, Bruce Power has doubled its number of operating units from four to eight and, in doing so, Bruce Power 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 refurbish and extend the life of six more of its units, investing in these publicly owned assets by delivering on its commitment to project excellence through a range of activities, including refurbishment. This program will create 18,000 jobs across Ontario and inject about $1 billion into the province’s economy annually, all while guaranteeing the people of the province benefit from clean, reliable, low-cost nuclear power.
About Bruce Power
Bruce Power operates the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility and is the source of 30 per cent of Ontario’s electricity. The company’s site in Tiverton, Ontario, is home to eight CANDU reactors. Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an all-Canadian partnership among Borealis Infrastructure Trust Management (a division of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System), TransCanada, 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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