PowerNews Summer 2020
When 10,000 workers first broke ground on the Queenston-Chippewa Hydro-Electric Generating Station in 1917, they faced many obstacles. They didn’t know that within a year the province would be hit by one of the most virulent pandemics the world had ever known in the Spanish flu. But they forged ahead anyway.
More than a century later, that station — now known as Sir Adam Beck I in Niagara Falls — still powers our great province and supports our way of life.
Today, OPG’s dedicated employees from across the province are working to help Ontario out of difficult times and into a brighter future. The company’s clean power projects and efficient operations will have an impact as important and lasting as that seminal project 100 years ago.
This issue of PowerNews showcases a few of the more than 200 projects and initiatives now underway at OPG. This includes the Darlington Refurbishment project, which recently saw Unit 2 returned to service, as well as the Calabogie hydro project in eastern Ontario and our ongoing work to develop a small modular reactor in Canada. This issue also looks at the work taking place at the aforementioned Sir Adam Beck I station to replace two historic units. All of these projects are critical to the economy and to addressing climate change.
In addition, OPG continues to support efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, because we know the battle isn’t over yet. Our employees are volunteering their time, resources, and ideas to develop safety solutions, donate funds, and sew masks to help protect frontline workers and employees at our worksites.
Throughout the pandemic, OPG’s dedicated employees have risen to the challenge to keep the lights on for Ontario’s homes, health-care facilities, and businesses. As we forge ahead, OPG will continue to fulfill its role as an essential service to help lead Ontario toward a brighter tomorrow.
We won’t let you down. Together, we will #PowerOn.
Darlington Unit 2 powers on
After more than a decade of planning followed by more than three years of safe, quality work, Unit 2 at Darlington is now back in service.Read more
Two new, efficient units set to boost clean power output at Sir Adam Beck station
At OPG’s Sir Adam Beck I station, work is continuing to replace two historic generating units to provide more efficient, clean power for Ontario.Read more
Work underway on OPG’s Calabogie Clean Power project
The new Calabogie Generating Station is expected to be completed by 2022 and power about 10,000 homes with clean, low-cost renewable electricity.Read more
OPG employees sew thousands of masks for hospitals, care facilities
OPG employees have put their sewing skills to work over the last few months to produce thousands of cloth masks for Ontario’s hospitals.Read more
Darlington Nuclear’s Unit 1 sets North American record during historic run
Unit 1 at OPG's Darlington Nuclear Generating Station just continues to break records.Read more
OPG marks major milestone in SMR development in Canada
The road to bringing a small modular reactor (SMR) to Canada, the next evolution of nuclear power, marked a major milestone.Read more
Jet skiers tempting fate near OPG’s operations in Niagara Falls need reality check
Reckless, dangerous, selfish, and stupid. That sums up the actions of jet skiers and boaters who continue to ignore the warning signs in Niagara Falls...Read more
OPG employees use 3D printers to help keep masks secure for frontline workers
At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Connor Chan knew he couldn’t just sit back and do nothing.Read more
OPG donating 10,000 face shields to Indigenous communities
OPG has donated 3D printed face shields to the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for distribution to Indigenous communities and organizati...Read more
OPG partners with SNC to restore J. Henry Tweed Conservation Area in eastern Ontario
OPG and South Nation Conservation (SNC) are partnering up to restore the popular J. Henry Tweed Conservation Area in Russell, Ont.Read more
OPG’s Zach Wood-Seems helping to advance clean energy in northwestern Ontario
OPG employee Zach Wood-Seems is proud of his role in helping to secure decades of clean power in northwestern Ontario.Read more
Successful outage execution has Pickering Nuclear’s Unit 1 back in service
Unit 1 at OPG’s Pickering Nuclear Generating Station is now back in service providing clean power for the province after a successful outage.Read more