Bruce Power Life Extension Gains More Support

A new poll shows 85% of residents in Bruce, Huron and Grey Counties support the Bruce Power Life Extension Program.
By Blackburn News
Thursday, June 15, 2017

A new poll shows 85% of residents in Bruce, Huron and Grey Counties support the Bruce Power Life Extension Program.

That’s an increase of 6% from 2014.

The program includes major component replacement projects on Units 3 – 8 between 2020 and 2036.

20% are in favour of the job creation component, 10% think it’s necessary, 8% like nuclear power, and 7% say nuclear is clean power.

The long-term agreement signed with the Independent Electricity System Operator in 2015 will see six Bruce Power units operate through to 2064.

Bruce Power will provide about 30% of Ontario’s electricity needs for decades.

The program will create 22,000 direct and indirect jobs, and about $4-billion in annual economic investment in Ontario.

93% of respondents think Bruce Power operates safely, and 90% have confidence in the security measures at Bruce Power. 92% think Bruce Power has a positive influence in the community.

“We conduct regular polling in our region and across Ontario in order to keep our finger on the pulse of our communities,” says James Scongack, vice president, corporate affairs and environment. “We enjoy good community engagement and support, but that’s something we will never take for granted. That’s why we continuously communicate our site happenings, and meet face-to- face with local residents, Indigenous communities and municipal officials as often as possible. This polling proves our efforts have helped increase the understanding of Bruce Power’s role in Ontario’s energy mix, and the importance of reliable and carbon-free nuclear power.”