OPG in the Community – July, 2021

Fred Kuntz, Sr. Mgr., Corporate Relations and Projects | Bruce County

Inclusive space:  Ontario Power Generation (OPG) was pleased to sponsor accessible outdoor furniture – and the painting of a mural this week – at the REACH Centre’s new “forever home” facility in Owen Sound.  A self‐funded charity, REACH offers programs for youth and adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities, serving over 50 families across Grey and Bruce counties.

Sorting it out:  A Hamilton research laboratory is making strides toward innovations in sorting and segregating of nuclear by-products, using materials shipped from various locations including OPG’s Western Waste Management Facility in Kincardine.  The research is a partnership, launched in 2020, between McMaster University and an OPG subsidiary, Laurentis Energy Partners.  Advances in sorting could lead to new efficiencies in waste minimization and processing, and increased recycling of clean materials, ensuring the nuclear industry maintains environmental best practices.

Around Ontario and beyond

Power goats:  Thirty-four hungry goats have been deployed at OPG’s Sir Adam Beck Pump Generating Station at Niagara Falls to fight invasive phragmites plants. OPG’s Environment team launched the pilot project last October, with the help of a local farmer. The goats chewed away more 140,000 square feet of the tall plants in just a few weeks this summer, suggesting the same solution could be applied at other OPG hydro sites. Phragmites are also a problem along the coast of the Bruce nuclear site, where OPG’s WWMF is located.  In the Niagara program, six sheep accompany the goats as a calming presence.

·         Practical thinking:  You can visit YouTube to hear a recent discussion about nuclear energy between federal Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan and political consultant and pollster David Herle, in his podcast The Herle Burly.  The key segment runs from 54:29 to 1:00:05 in the video, as the minister explains that “no panacea” exists for climate change, making nuclear a vital part of the energy mix needed to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

·         First edition:  OPG has launched Net-Zero News, a quarterly digital newsletter reporting on progress in its Climate Change Plan to become a net-zero carbon company by 2040.  The inaugural issue looks at OPG’s planned 20-year overhaul of its hydroelectric generating units, provides an update on Canada’s first Small Modular Reactor project, and shares exciting news on hydrogen development and transit electrification.