Bruce Power, Plug’n Drive and the Saugeen First Nation Band Council are collaborating on the installation of an Electric Vehicle charging station at the Band-owned Gas Bar, on French Bay Road, in the Saugeen village.
Saugeen First Nation Chief Lester Anoquot said they are concerned about climate change and are working on a Community Energy Plan to engage the community on solutions within their territory.
“By working with Bruce Power to install an Electric Vehicle charging station in our community, we are encouraging people to use less fossil fuel such as gas and diesel,” Chief Anoquot said. “This also makes it attractive for eco-tourists to come to our territory, have a short walk to our local businesses in the village, and visit our internationally renowned Amphitheatre.”
Francis Chua, Bruce Power’s Department Manager of Environment and Sustainability, said an increasing number of EVs on the road means Ontario will want low-carbon energy sources to power these vehicles so there are real emissions reductions from both electrical motors and the generation of clean electricity to charge the batteries.
“Like Bruce Power’s major contribution of low-carbon electricity to support the phase out of coal plants in Ontario, we believe Bruce Power can have an important role in the transportation sector in reducing greenhouse gases,” Chua said. “We need to ensure we have an extensive network of Electric Vehicle charging stations across the province, so it is practical for more people to have EVs and we can really benefit from reduced emissions on our roads.”
The Saugeen First Nation charging station is the eighth and final EV charging station Bruce Power and Plug’n Drive, a non-profit organization committed to accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles, are installing this year across southwestern Ontario. The program has been a collaboration of Bruce Power, Plug’n Drive, municipalities, businesses and educational institutions. Other charging stations have recently been opened in Kincardine, Port Elgin, Southampton, Walkerton and Wroxeter, as well as on the campuses of the University of Waterloo and Humber College (Toronto).
About Bruce Power
Bruce Power operates the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility and is the source of about 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. Learn more at www.brucepower.com.
About Saugeen First Nation
Saugeen First Nation’s people have been living on and near the Saugeen (Bruce) Peninsula and the waters of the Great Lakes surrounding it for as long as our history remembers. Through our treaties with the Crown, we agreed to share part of our land with people who have come from all around the world. Learn more: http://saugeenfirstnation.ca/main.php?page=about
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