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HistoryIn 1960 Construction began on Canada’s first commercial nuclear reactor, Douglas point. For the first time ever, Douglas point was powered up in 1967. In 1968 plans to build four nuclear reactors was confirmed at Bruce A. In 1975 a proposal was established that another four reactors could be built at Bruce B. All four reactors are put into service by 1979 at Bruce A. In 1981, Unit 1 at Bruce A was the top reactor in the world as it produced a 97% capability factor. By 1987 the four reactors at Bruce B are placed in service. In 1991 a rehabilitation project is approved for Bruce A. By 1998 all four reactors at Bruce A are shut down and placed in layup. 1999 marked the first year that Bruce Power was its own company as Ontario Hydro separated into five successor companies. In 2001 plans to restart units 3 and 4 are confirmed. Also in 2001 a full time rapid response armed security force began work after the terrorist attacks in New York. Units 5, 7, and 8 at Bruce B stay online to help restore electricity lost after huge power outage that left many parts of Ontario and the northeastern U.S. without power in 2003. In 2004 Units 3 and 4 at Bruce A are back in service for the first time since 1998. In 2005 a multi billion-dollar agreement for the refurbishment of units 1 and 2 is reached between Bruce Power and the Ontario Power Authority. Bruce A’s unit 2 made history in 2007 because it was the first steam generator to be replaced at a nuclear plant in Canada. In 2008 an official agreement is signed with the Saugeen Ojibway Nation and Bruce Power. The agreement was made because where the site sits is the Ojibway Nation’s historical land. In 2010  the employees at Bruce Power achieve 22 million hours without an injury. In 2011 the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility in Japan was destroyed by earthquakes and a tsunami which prompts a response program on site. The safety systems at Bruce Power are upgraded to secure safety for employees and residence in surrounding areas. In 2012 units 1 and 2 are back in service, and lifetime expansion programs on unit 3 and 4 are complete. In 2013 Bruce Power produces 30% of Ontario’s Power, also becoming the world’s largest nuclear operating facility. 2013 also marked the highest year of production for the site. In 2014 the Ontario provincial government shuts down the final coal plant in what is considered North America’s largest clean air initiative. In 2015 Bruce Power sets a site record of 47.63 terawatt hours. Bruce Power and the Independent Electricity System Operators signed a modified agreement to extend the life of Units 3-8 over the next few decades, letting operations on the site continue through 2064. The Life-Extension Program at Bruce Power officially begins on January 1st 2016.                 ProductionStarting off in 1967 with Douglas’ point Bruce power has grown substantially. Currently producing over 30% of Ontario’s power and more to northeastern United States. Bruce power has 8 CANDU reactors. The 8 reactors split between Bruce A and Bruce B. Each reactor produces a rated output of 750-840 mega watts. When all units are operating they generate an astonishing 6400 mega watts. That’s almost one third of Ontario’s power. The cost of producing the carbon free electricity is 30% less than average cost to generate residential power. There are so many pros to the production of nuclear energy. The reliability of nuclear energy is great, there is an abundant amount of uranium as well as there are no restrictions to weather. Unlike wind and solar which the production changes varying on the weather. The low cost of uranium is a big pro for nuclear energy. Running a nuclear plant is extremely inexpensive. The low pollution factor is another huge pro. Nuclear energy has very few greenhouse emissions. There is no impact on the land and water with nuclear energy unlike other expensive sources of energy.      Current EventsBruce Power’s life extension program is officially underway as of January 1st 2016. In December of 2015, Bruce Power established a long-term agreement with the province of Ontario, through the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO). This agreement gives Bruce Power the opportunity to go forward with the life extension program. The long-term agreement provides Bruce Power with stability to move forward, and also guarantees Ontario tax payers with a low-priced source of pollution free electricity for decades. With this agreement, Bruce Power will meet all of the program’s investment requirements while the facilities will remain owned by the province and leased to Bruce Power over the long term. After my two years at Lambton College in the Power Distribution and Control Technician program I aspire to be employed by Bruce Power. Bruce Power’s life extension program is a great opportunity for me to get employment as they are looking for skilled workers in the near future. Bruce Power is only a forty-minute drive from my home town which is reasonable distance to drive. Bruce Power’s wages and benefits are unmatched for the field I am in, and for the location I want to live. The employees I know that are working for Bruce Power love their jobs for many reasons: work-life balance, flexible work options, out of country medical coverage, comprehensive pension plan and the generous salary. ConclusionBruce Power has had a successful past and a bright future ahead as they are currently proceeding with a life expansion program which will be creating hundreds of jobs for decades. Bruce Power is the world’s largest nuclear generating station and a very successful company currently producing 30% of Ontario’s power. I look forward to attempting to be employed by this very successful company as they expand and improve the electricity world.

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