October 27, 2013
Dresden Unit 3 Returned to Service
Operators at Exelon’s Dresden Generating Station returned Unit 3 to full power at approximately 5:00 a.m. CT today.
MORRIS, Ill. (Oct. 27, 2013) —Operators at Exelon’s Dresden Generating Station returned Unit 3 to full power at approximately 5:00 a.m. CT today.
The unit was returned to service on Saturday, Oct. 26, following planned maintenance on the system that cools the unit’s generator. The generator transforms the mechanical energy of the spinning turbine into electrical energy. It is on the non-nuclear side of the plant.
This type of maintenance can only be performed when the unit is not operating.
Dresden Generating Station is approximately 60 miles southwest of Chicago. The station’s two operating units can produce more than 1,800 megawatts net of electricity, enough to power 1.2 million average homes. Dresden Unit 1, which began commercial operation in 1960 and was retired in 1978, has been designated a Nuclear Historic Landmark by the American Nuclear Society.
Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC) is the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, with 2012 revenues of approximately $23.5 billion. Headquartered in Chicago, Exelon has operations and business activities in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Exelon is one of the largest competitive U.S. power generators, with approximately 35,000 megawatts of owned capacity comprising one of the nation’s cleanest and lowest-cost power generation fleets. The company’s Constellation business unit provides energy products and services to approximately 100,000 business and public sector customers and approximately 1 million residential customers. Exelon’s utilities deliver electricity and natural gas to more than 6.6 million customers in central Maryland (BGE), northern Illinois (ComEd) and southeastern Pennsylvania (PECO).