Bruce Power

Bruce Power

July 16, 2013 16:14 ET

Bruce Power's Eight Units Keeping Air Conditioners Humming During Heat Wave

TIVERTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 16, 2013) - Bruce Power's eight nuclear units are playing a major role in providing residents of southern Ontario a break from the hottest weather we've seen this year.

As of 2 p.m. today, demand in the province hit its highest mark of the year at almost 24,500 megawatts (MW). Thanks to Bruce Power's eight units, which met over 25 per cent of Ontario's electricity needs, air conditioners kept residents cool without interruption while humidity made it feel like 40 C. Clean nuclear power combined to provide nearly 50 per cent of Ontario's power.

"Since Bruce Power returned to its full capacity as an eight-unit site earlier this year, we have been a safe and reliable provider of clean and affordable electricity, especially during times of high demand," said Duncan Hawthorne, President and CEO. "Having a provider as consistent and reliable as Bruce Power nuclear is of benefit to the entire province."

As of 2 p.m., other forms of energy made up the other 50 per cent of Ontario's demand. They include gas (23.3 per cent); hydro (18.1), coal (8.9), 'other' (0.7) and wind (0.3).

About Bruce Power

Bruce Power operates the world's largest operating nuclear generating facility and is the source of roughly 25 per cent 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.

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