Clean Energy Frontier program promotes Bruce, Grey and Huron Counties

The Nuclear Innovation Institute is launching the Clean Energy Frontier program with funding from Bruce Power and Bruce County.

N-I-I CEO Bruce Wallace says Bruce, Grey and Huron counties are key to the solution to battling climate change while spurring economic recovery.

A media release says the region can be part of the solution as the province works toward COVID-19 recovery and reduced global warming, which can build on existing strengths such as the production of reliable, carbon-free nuclear energy. It said the three counties are essential contributors to building a clean, resilient future for Ontario.

The Clean Energy Frontier program will get that message out provincewide, in an effort to protect the major contributions made by people and businesses in the region.

“Our message to the rest of the province is simple: there’s no path to a net-zero emissions future—and there are no fully made-in-Ontario solutions for building a resilient economy—without the contributions made by the people and businesses of Bruce, Grey and Huron counties,” said NII CEO Bruce Wallace.

“The region has so much to offer and we want to help ensure that we protect what we have worked together to build,” said Mitch Twolan, Warden of the County of Bruce. “Clean energy is the future, and that future starts right here in Bruce County.”

The Clean Energy Frontier program is the successor to the Nuclear Economic Development and Innovation Initiative that was launched in September 2016 to encourage economic growth and investment in the region.

“Over the past four years, Bruce, Grey and Huron counties have risen to the challenge and built a strong, sustainable region with over 60 nuclear supply chain companies located here, creating hundreds of jobs and seeing a significant economic impact across our region,” said John Peevers, Bruce Power’s Director of Community, Media Relations and Economic Development.

“We couldn’t have done it without the commitment, passion and dedication of our regional partners and community leaders and we look forward to moving ahead with a program that will showcase the benefits this region brings to all of Ontario,” he added.

The program will be led by Chad Richards, a Chesley native who brings a deep understanding of the region’s strengths—and of effective ways to communicate them. Chad has a Master’s degree in Political Management from Carleton University and experience in both the federal and provincial governments. Chad will work closely with local partners to develop engaging ways that show how the long-term benefits of the Bruce Power life-extension project—along with new energy sources like locally made hydrogen—can power Ontario’s economy while displacing the greenhouse gas emissions that come from burning fossil fuels.

“I look forward to working closely with all regional partners to gain their insight on how we can demonstrate to the rest of the province and country that Bruce, Grey and Huron counties are at the heart of a new ‘Clean Energy Frontier’,” said Chad Richards, Director of the Clean Energy Frontier Program.