May 26, 2009
Exelon Nuclear's LaSalle Station Unit 1 Returns To Service
LaSalle County Generating Station's Unit 1 resumed producing electricity Sunday, May 25 at 4:18 p.m. (CT).
MARSEILLES, Ill. (May 26, 2009) - LaSalle County Generating Station's Unit 1 resumed producing electricity Sunday, May 25 at 4:18 p.m. (CT).
Unit 1 automatically and safely shut down due to the failure of a lightning protection device in the one of the plant’s four main power transformers. Station personnel performed testing on the transformer throughout the weekend, and testing indicated that the transformer may safely return to service.
LaSalle County Generating Station is located approximately 75 miles southwest of Chicago. With both units at full power, the site produces more than 2,200 megawatts net, which is enough electricity for 2.3 million homes.
Exelon Corporation is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities with approximately $19 billion in annual revenues. The company has one of the industry’s largest portfolios of electricity generation capacity, with a nationwide reach and strong positions in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic. Exelon distributes electricity to approximately 5.4 million customers in northern Illinois and southeastern Pennsylvania and natural gas to approximately 485,000 customers in the Philadelphia area. Exelon is headquartered in Chicago and trades on the NYSE under the ticker EXC.