Tiverton, Ontario, September 20, 2012 — Bruce Power successfully synchronized Unit 1 to Ontario's electricity grid, generating power from the unit for the first time in nearly 15 years.
With first synchronization now complete, final planned commissioning activities will be carried out on Unit 1 including safety system shutdown testing. Unit 2 continues to be on track to return to operations in the fourth quarter. Units 1 and 2 will produce enough nuclear energy to power cities the size of Ottawa and London, Ontario, combined.
The return to service of Units 1 and 2 will bring the Bruce Power site back to its eight-unit capacity, doubling the number of operational units from 10 years ago when the company began its multi-year revitalization program to make it the largest nuclear generating facility in the world. Prior to this investment, half of the units on the site were laid up.
The Bruce Power revitalization program is an essential element to Ontario's plan to phase out coal generation in 2014. Coal output over the past decade has dropped by nearly 90 percent annually, while Bruce Power has increased its output by 55 per cent. This increased clean generation from the Bruce Power site accounts for 40 percent of the coal generation reduced to date in the province.
With the return to service of Units 1 and 2, Bruce Power will remain a key player in both reducing and staying off coal, which is one of the largest greenhouse gas reduction initiatives in North America.
Bruce Power operates one of the world's largest nuclear sites and is the source of roughly 25 percent of Ontario's electricity. The company's site in Tiverton, Ontario is home to eight CANDU reactors, each one capable of generating enough low-cost, reliable, safe and clean electricity to meet the annual needs of a city the size of Hamilton.
Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an all-Canadian partnership among TransCanada, Cameco, Borealis Infrastructure Management (a division of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System) as well as the Power Workers' Union and Society of Energy Professionals. A majority of Bruce Power's employees are also owners in the business.