Monday morning, the Ginna Nuclear Power Plant in the Town Ontario shut down. It was a planned refueling outage and it happens every 18 months.
Call it a reboot to the system. Ginna shuts down the plant to work on maintenance activities and replace a third of the used fuel with clean fuel.
“That comes out and then we shuffle the remaining two-thirds and that renews the plants energy for the next 18 months so we can continue to provide power for about half a million homes and businesses in our region,” said Maria Hudson, communications manager for Ginna Nuclear Power Plant.
It takes a lot of manpower to accomplish this. Approximately 700 additional workers travel to Wayne County filing hotels, restaurants and shops for several weeks.
“We notice as a rental unit, how fast we fill up, how many workers that actually have to come in so we generally sell out around this time,” said Mark Ehlers, operations manager at Avalon Suites.
Lakeside Restaurant has also become a frequent stop for many workers.
“A lot of them stay in Webster there’s not really hotels out this way, so on their way through they stop here and on their way home they stop again,” said Colleen Wells, manager.
Over the years, both the workers and local businesses have come to look forward to the several weeks during the plant’s refueling.