Electricity bills are the subject of a great deal of discussion and debate in Ontario right now, and Bruce Power takes seriously its role as a provider of low-cost electricity.

“We also believe we have a role to play in informing the public on electricity generation in Ontario and to convey the facts about clean, reliable and low-cost nuclear power,” said James Scongack, Bruce Power’s Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Environment. “We have a number of tools designed to further the conversation, and the latest addition is a video explaining the elements that make up your electricity bill.”

The video outlines, in plain language, the three elements of an electricity bill, including distribution and transmission charges, regulatory charges and electricity itself.

Also, Mike Rencheck, Bruce Power’s President and CEO, wrote an informative editorial this week to discuss the facts about electricity costs in Ontario. ‘Generating low-cost power for today and tomorrow’ is posted on Bruce Power’s website.

The cost of electricity used generally represents about half of your bill, while the other charges make up the other half. In 2016, the average cost of electricity on household bills was 11 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh). Bruce Power provided all of its electricity to the Independent Electricity System Operator at 6.6 cents per kWh compared to solar (48 cents per kWh), gas (17 cents per kWh), wind (14 cents per kWh) and hydro (6 cents per kWh).

Residents of Bruce, Grey and Huron counties will be receiving more information about electricity pricing and how to understand bills through a brochure, which will be distributed to 50,000 homes across the region in the coming weeks.

For an interactive look at the cost and clean air benefits of the various electricity sources, the public is invited to try the Bruce Power iPad and iPhone Apps, which have calculators that allow users to see how adjusting the electricity supply mix would impact their bill and the environment.

In addition to the Cost and Clean Air Calculator, the Apps also feature a new Climate Change Calculator, which focuses on electricity supply mix considerations related to emissions targets to help Ontario meet its reduction goals by 2020 and 2050.

“The App speaks to what’s important to Ontarians – facts on where their electricity comes from and what each electricity source costs, as well as understanding how a clean, modern electricity system is important to meeting our climate change goals,” Scongack said. “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, however, facts are facts and by sharing the facts in an innovative way, we can help further the energy dialogue.”

The free App, which is available through the App Store, is part of Bruce Power’s family of social media tools, which include Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.

To learn more about the App visit www.brucepowerapp.com or www.brucepower.com.

About Bruce Power
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.

For more information, contact:
John Peevers – 519-361-6583 – john.peevers@brucepower.com