OPG in the Community – September, 2019

Let the gourd times roll: It’s the 33rd annual Pumpkinfest, a one-of-a-kind festival in Port Elgin, set to attract 40,000 people over this Oct. 5-6 weekend. Be sure to visit the OPG Environment Tent, where, among other exhibitors, the ever-popular Mad Science will be back to spark the imagination of children with zany, interactive science activities. Also at Pumpkinfest, OPG presents the Plug ‘N Drive display of electric vehicles, with the latest in high-performing and climate-friendly transportation.

Happy trails:  OPG supports Bruce Trail Day, this Sunday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – with free guided hikes, family activities and hands-on conservation projects, all along the trail from Niagara to Tobermory. Events on the Bruce Peninsula include a guided hike to the Grotto along forest paths and scenic cliff tops. Check www.brucetrail.org for details.

Around Ontario:

  • Doors open: If you’re west of Toronto on Saturday, Oct. 26, visit the Open House at OPG’s Darlington Energy Complex (DEC), between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. It’s free – and the many attractions include bus tours around the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station site, virtual-reality experiences, electric-vehicle rides, and selfies at a full-scale nuclear reactor mockup. Staff from OPG’s Western Waste Management Facility at the Bruce site will be at the DEC to explain our program of safe transportation, processing and storage of nuclear waste.
  • Energy showcase:  OPG has published its Fall 2019 issue of PowerNews, with a wide variety of energy news. You can get an update on progress in the Darlington Refurbishment, with Unit 2 construction reaching its final stages; read about the unusual career path of Jessica Polak, in the employee spotlight as Vice-President of Operations for OPG’s South Central Operations; and learn about the successful relocation of lake sturgeon on the Mattagami River.
  • Out with the old: OPG has completed demolition of the powerhouse at the Nanticoke Generating Station, formerly the largest coal-fired plant in the world. The site on the north shore of Lake Erie has been transformed into OPG’s first-ever solar facility, in partnership with Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.

Fred Kuntz

Senior Manager, Corporate Relations and Projects  |  Bruce County