April 7, 2014
An innovative partnership between Bruce Power and EnergyMobile will bring the essential facts about Ontario's electricity system to millions of Ontario residents.
A new website - live.gridwatch.ca - will give users hourly visibility into what forms of energy are powering the province and the resulting carbon emissions, while highlighting daily trends and breaking down the supply mix with plant-by-plant details about Ontario's energy system. The development of the new energy information website was accelerated with Bruce Power's assistance.
'Bruce Power has stepped up to support energy literacy tools made in Ontario, for Ontarians, and we're proud to have them as a partner in this innovative initiative,' said Tim Johnson, Founder and CEO of EnergyMobile Studios Inc. 'We believe smart energy use is key to maintaining the quality of life we often take for granted, and being energy-wise requires real innovations and tools to motivate energy-efficient behaviours.'
Bruce Power is always seeking opportunities to better inform the public on the energy supply mix situation in Ontario, said James Scongack, the company's Vice President of Corporate Affairs.
'We believe tools like Gridwatch are essential to boosting people's understanding of the electricity system and empowering consumers to take action,' Scongack said. 'We're proud to be part of the launch of live.gridwatch.ca a day before many Canadians will observe Earth Hour. This new website provides real data and no spin, which effectively boosts knowledge and awareness, but also proves to the residents of Ontario that nuclear is the backbone and workhorse of our energy system.'
Available on the Apple Store and now the web, Gridwatch is an energy literacy tool that empowers energy citizens to be active 'Gridizens.'
Founded in 2011, EnergyMobile builds easy-to-use apps that promote energy literacy and empower energy citizens. EnergyMobile's team believes that smarter energy use leads to a better quality of life and their suite of good Gridizen action tools are an important piece to making that happen.
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, ON, 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.
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