Focus Friday: Friday September 18: Focus on Energy

Refueling and Maintenance Outages - The Impact to McGuire Nuclear Station and the Local Business Community

Published Monday, September 14, 2020

Focus Friday: Friday September 18, 2020 8:3- = 9:30 am ZOOM Virtual Presentation

Focus on: Refueling and Maintenance Outages - The Impact to McGuire Nuclear Station and the Local Business Community  

This month the Lake Norman Chamber will continue our monthly Focus Friday in a ZOOM Virtual Format.  Our speaker is Tom Ray, McGuire site vice president, who will speak about Duke Energy and the McGuire Nuclear Station.  Our moderator is 2020 Public Policy Chair Jeff Tarte

The focus of our conversation will be centered on the following:

  • A general discussion on McGuire operations
  • A high level discussion on what a nuclear refueling and maintenance outage is.
  • The number of contractors we typically bring in to assist with an outage.
  • What Duke Energy is doing to keep our teammates safe during COVID-19 as additional contractors visit our site.
  • Depending on who’s on the call, we’d also like to hear from participants especially if they are local restaurants/hotel owners in the area so they can discuss their COVID-19 protocols.

Focus Friday is a public policy program of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce which examines community and legislative issues from multiple perspectives. While intended for Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce members and community leaders, guests are welcome by RSVP to the Chamber at 704-892-1922.

EVERYONE MUST REGISTER with Sylvia Spury at or call 704-892-1922 and a Zoom link will be forwarded to you to join this outstanding presentation.

The program is presented by Novant Health - Huntersville Medical Center and sponsored by Business Today and WSIC 100.7 FM. 

The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, with approximately 850 business members, represents the Huntersville, Davidson, Cornelius, and greater Lake Norman regional business community.

Tom Ray bio:

Tom Ray is site vice president of McGuire Nuclear Station in Huntersville, N.C. He is responsible for the safe and efficient operation of McGuire, a two-unit, pressurized water-reactor nuclear generating facility. He directs station and facilities management, operations, maintenance, chemistry and radiation protection, engineering, nuclear and industrial safety and business operations.

Ray has more than 33 years of experience in the nuclear energy industry. He joined Duke Energy in 1989 and has held multiple roles within the company’s nuclear fleet. Ray grew up in North Carolina. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nuclear engineering from North Carolina State University. He is a registered professional engineer in North Carolina and has a senior reactor operator certification.