Peter Lougheed Nuclear Generating Station
The Peter Lougheed Nuclear Generating Station is nuclear power plant several miles north of Fort McMurray, Alberta named after former Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed. The plant cost $24 billion CAD and opened on September 1, 2015. The plant has seven ACR-1000 nuclear reactors generating a total of 9,200 Megawatts of power (enough to power the homes of nearly ten million people). In addition to the electric power, the steam from the facility was piped to many of the Tar Sands plants for usage in the process, further increasing the energy efficiency improvements in the facility. The cheap steam and electric energy within a couple years ended the usage of natural gas burning units in the tar sands, making many of the environmentalists happy, as it dramatically reduced the amount of pollution created by the facility.