You may recall the September 14, 2018, Category 4 Hurricane Florence that wreak havoc across North and South Carolina resulting in 42 fatalities and over $18 billion dollars of damage. Duke Energy’s Brunswick Nuclear Power Plant was right in the middle of it all and Florence destroyed their Visitor’s Center. Today, construction workers are putting the finishing touches on their new, Brunswick Energy and Education Center located at 8520 River Road SE, Southport, North Carolina.
Karen J. Williams, lead communications manager for Duke Energy’s Brunswick Nuclear Plant, explained the building replaces commercial facilities destroyed by Hurricane Florence in 2018. It also includes a new education center with about 3,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space offering opportunities to learn about electricity, nuclear science, and the Brunswick Nuclear Plant. The Brunswick Energy and Education Center will feature exhibits on nuclear science, electricity, carbon-free energy, and the operation of the Brunswick Nuclear Plant. Ideal for middle school-age and older students, it offers a unique look at how science intersects with daily life.
Ms. Williams also noted that teachers would be able to reserve a time to bring their classes to the center and talk with staff about energy, and she added they are still exploring possible programming possibilities.