Support for nuclear refurbishment in Ontario hits 81 per cent

TIVERTON, ON, Oct. 13, 2015 /CNW/ - Support for refurbishment of nuclear plants in Ontario has reached 81 per cent, the highest level Bruce Power has recorded since it started public opinion tracking in 2001.

"It's clear the nuclear sector is gaining public support," said Greg Lyle, Managing Director, Innovative Research Group, who conducted the most recent polling from Sept.15 to 22.  "Support for nuclear refurbishment is at majority levels across every region and demographic group throughout the province," added Lyle.

The September poll concludes that 81 per cent of decided Ontarians support refurbishment with over 40 per cent strongly in support, compared to only 9 per cent who strongly oppose – a nearly four to one ratio. In terms of geographic support, 79 per cent of individuals in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and 82 per cent outside of the GTA are supportive, meaning support is consistent across the province.

"We never take support for granted and we've been working hard to pro-actively present the facts about clean, reliable and low-cost nuclear power on an ongoing basis given the role we play as part of a balanced supply mix," said James Scongack, Bruce Power's Vice President of Corporate Affairs. "When it comes to electricity, people tend to care about three things – high reliability, low cost and keeping the air clean – and nuclear power checks all those boxes."

Since 2001, Bruce Power has conducted public opinion polling to better understand people's interests and concerns so it's able to continue to deliver the right information about its business and its industry.

The survey was conducted by telephone and included approximately 600 randomly-selected Ontario residents, 18 years of age or older. After weighting a sample of this size, the aggregated results are considered accurate to within ±4.0 per cent, 19 times out of 20.

About Bruce Power
Bruce Power operates the world's largest operating nuclear generating facility and is the source of roughly 30 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 Borealis Infrastructure 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.

SOURCE Bruce Power

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For further information: Bruce Power: John Peevers, 519-361-6583, john.peevers@brucepower.com; Innovative Research Group: Greg Lyle, 416-642-6340

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