There has been some recent interest in planned outages within Ontario’s nuclear fleet in 2015, specifically the Bruce B Vacuum Building Outage (VBO).
This interest is not surprising given the importance of Bruce Power’s nuclear output to meet the needs of the province; however, additional context is important.
The Bruce B VBO will be approximately a month in duration and commence in mid-April. Bruce Power works closely with the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) to ensure the timing of these outages can be accommodated to meet the needs of the system. These outages are approved just before they begin and discussions with the IESO will continue to ensure the system needs of the province are maintained.
The timing of these outages are selected during periods of the year where demand is expected to be low – usually the spring or fall. Additionally, during this period, Bruce Power has no planned outages at Bruce A. Extensive planning and discussions with the IESO have taken place given the unique nature of this circumstance, and taking Darlington into account as well.
Bruce Power’s plan will be to have all eight of its units operational for the summer peak period to meet the needs of the province, and will continue to work with the IESO on the appropriate placement of these outages. Bruce Power’s nuclear units are counted on by the province to provide a stable source of supply that is affordable and free of carbon emissions.
Ontario families and business can continue to count on us to play this important role.