PowerNews Fall 2020
Throughout these extraordinary times, OPG’s employees and operations have continued to safely generate clean, reliable electricity for Ontario’s homes, hospitals and care facilities.
As we help power the province through the pandemic and aid in its economic recovery, OPG is looking to tackle big issues like climate change to help secure a carbon-free future.
In the fall issue of PowerNews, OPG’s quarterly news roundup, we detail the company’s recently launched Climate Change Plan and the ambitious blueprint that will help OPG and the markets where it operates achieve net-zero carbon economies.
A key part of this plan is nuclear power in the form of Small Modular Reactors (SMRs), the next generation of nuclear technology. At Darlington, OPG recently announced it is resuming planning activities for a new nuclear build at the site with the goal of hosting an SMR by as early as 2028, pending necessary approvals.
This issue features some of the other ongoing efforts to help OPG reach its climate change targets, including the Darlington Refurbishment project, which recently saw Unit 3 successfully defuelled, and the redevelopment of the Calabogie hydro station in eastern Ontario.
Meanwhile, OPG continues to help safeguard public health during this critical time with the latest harvest of Cobalt-60 at Pickering Nuclear. The life-saving isotopes will soon be used to sterilize medical devices at hospitals and care facilities as they continue to fight COVID-19.
Whether it's achieving our climate change goals or ensuring stable, safe operations during the pandemic, OPG will continue to rely on its dedicated and committed employees. Employees like Nancy England, who is helping to keep R.H. Saunders Generating Station running smoothly, and Farrukh Siddiqi, who was recently recognized for his career-long dedication to safety at Darlington.
It’s through their efforts, and the efforts of all of OPG’s employees, that Ontario will be able to power through these complex times toward a brighter tomorrow.
OPG commits to being a net-zero company by 2040
OPG's Climate Change Plan includes ambitious goals aimed at driving efficient, economy-wide decarbonization and economic renewal.Read more
Our power is changing the world
Learn how OPG is leading the fight against climate change.
Planning resumes on Darlington New Nuclear to help secure Ontario’s clean energy future
OPG’s Darlington Nuclear site in Clarington could soon be home to one of the province’s first Small Modular Reactors.Read more
Pickering Nuclear’s Cobalt-60 set to help in fight against COVID-19
At Pickering Nuclear GS, a team of skilled employees has finished carefully extracting Cobalt-60 from one of the station’s reactors.Read more
OPG’s hydro operations managing the impacts of “fall freshet”
In eastern and northeastern Ontario, OPG’s water management staff have been busy this fall managing the impacts of “fall freshet.”Read more
OPG successfully defuels second reactor on Darlington Refurbishment Project
OPG has completed defuelling of Darlington's Unit 3 ahead of schedule, allowing for the next phase of the Darlington Refurbishment Project.Read more
Calabogie clean power project will provide more carbon-free power to Ontario
OPG’s new Calabogie station will provide more carbon-free power for Ontario by efficiently using the water from the the Madawaska River.Read more
Heavy equipment operator discovered passion through OPG’s hydro projects
Kyle Matthews found his passion through a heavy equipment apprenticeship opportunity on a large hydro project in northern Ontario.Read more
OPG employee recognized for career-long dedication to safety
For more than 20 years, OPG’s Farrukh Siddiqi has worked to keep Darlington Nuclear GS operating safely for the public and the environment.Read more
OPG opens Centre for Canadian Nuclear Sustainability
This world-class facility will attract skilled jobs, innovative businesses and economic development to the Durham region.Read more
Darlington Nuclear’s Unit 1 sets world record for continuous operation
Unit 1 at OPG’s Darlington Nuclear Generating Station has set a new world record for continuous operation of a nuclear power reactor.Read more
Des Joachims and Chenaux hydro stations celebrate 70 years of clean power
In eastern Ontario, two major hydro stations are marking their 70th year of generating climate change-fighting power for the province.Read more
OPG’s High Falls GS celebrates 100 years of clean power
In eastern Ontario, OPG’s High Falls Generating Station has been quietly producing clean, reliable power for the province for decades.Read more