Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio, has been honored by the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation with its 2014 Ottawa County Business of the Year award, recognizing the plant’s strong economic impact on the region and commitment to providing safe, reliable electricity.
Operated by FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company (FENOC), a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), Davis-Besse produces 908 megawatts of electricity, enough to power more than 750,000 homes daily. As one of the largest employers in Ottawa County, the plant provides more than 820 full-time jobs during normal operations. Davis-Besse employees maintain a proud tradition of volunteering and charitable giving, donating more than $415,000 over the last five years to United Way agencies and food pantries serving northwest Ohio and the Harvest for Hunger campaign.
In 2014, Davis-Besse’s $600 million steam generator replacement project and refueling and maintenance outage brought approximately 2,000 contract workers to the Lake Erie Shores & Islands region in the winter and spring and contributed more than $108 million in economic impact to the area, according to the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation.
“Davis-Besse is a critical part of our local and regional economy, which depends on the availability of reliable and affordable power for its success. The plant has a longstanding history of providing the zero-emission, carbon-free electricity we depend on while also generating attractive jobs and significant economic benefits for the area,” said Jamie Beier Grant, director of Ottawa County Improvement Corporation. “We thank Davis-Besse and FENOC for their investments in Ottawa County.”