Making merry: Once again, OPG was pleased to sponsor the local Santa Claus parades, in Kincardine on Friday, Nov. 22, and Saugeen Shores on Friday, Dec. 6th in Southampton. Check your local Chamber of Commerce websites for more information on times and routes, whether you want to help as a volunteer, or simply plan to bring your family to wave at the chief elf himself.
Lasting solutions: OPG continues to engage in respectful dialogue with First Nations and Métis communities regarding its proposed Deep Geologic Repository (DGR) for low- and intermediate-levels of waste from its nuclear generating stations. The DGR would safely store the waste, 680 metres below the Bruce site, in strong, impermeable rock that has been isolated from any lakes or groundwater for millions of years, protecting people and the environment for future generations. Saugeen Ojibway Nation has advised that will be holding a community vote on the project in January.
Around Ontario and beyond:
· Sharing the vision: OPG CEO Ken Hartwick recently engaged in a “fireside chat” with veteran print and broadcast journalist Jane Taber at the Empire Club in Toronto, to talk about energy policy, climate change and the company’s future direction. You can watch their conversation on YouTube at https://youtu.be/y2Ai62bBTtQ
· X-Labs explained. This one-minute video shows how OPG’s creative laboratories are tapping into new technologies – from 3-D printing to virtual reality – to enhance training, find efficiencies and maintain high levels of safety across OPG’s operations.
· Power performance: Q3 was another strong quarter for OPG as the company reported net income of $319 million, up from $279 million for the same period last year. Largely driving these results was higher electrical generation from the operating fleet. OPG’s earnings go to the sole shareholder, the province of Ontario. The Q3 results also show the Darlington refurbishment project on track, as plans continue to return Unit 2 to service, and begin work on Unit 3, in 2020.