OTTAWA, Oct. 17, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA) congratulates Bruce Power on the completion of the synchronization of Unit 2 to Ontario's electricity grid. This follows the successful synchronization of Unit 1 in September, 2012.
"The refurbishment of Units 1 and 2 is a first for Canada's nuclear industry as it is the first time two CANDU Units had been fully renewed after being laid-up for nearly two decades," said Denise Carpenter, CNA President and CEO. "Congratulations to the Bruce Power team on another major step forward in their revitalization project - a key component to Ontario's Long Term Energy Plan."
In the last 10 years, coal generation in Ontario has been reduced by 90 per cent, while Bruce Power has doubled the number of operating units on their site. This increased clean generation from the Bruce Power accounts for 40 per cent 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, 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 per cent of Ontario's electricity.
The Canadian nuclear industry supports the employment of 30,000 Canadians who are responsible for mining uranium, generating electricity, advancing nuclear medicine, and promoting Canada's global leadership in science and technology innovation. Through these efforts, we also support 30,000 spin-off jobs and contribute $1.5 billion in tax revenues as well as $1.2 billion in export revenues.
SOURCE: CANADIAN NUCLEAR ASSOCIATION
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