BYRON, Ill. - Operators returned Byron Generating Station Unit 1 to full power Sunday, marking the end of the unit's scheduled refueling outage that began March 10.
Nearly 2,000 Exelon employees and highly-skilled contractors performed more than 10,000 carefully choreographed activities during the outage. These activities included numerous safety inspections and equipment tests, along with plant refurbishments and improvements.
The work is designed to improve Byron Station's operational strength and enhance multiple layers of safety, ensuring the facility's ability to provide clean, safe and reliable electricity through the unit's next 18-month operating cycle.
"Our highly-skilled team safely completed a tremendous amount of work that will help the unit safely provide reliable power to the area," said Site Vice President Russ Kearney, the station's senior executive. "Recent weather patterns have brought very cold winters and uncomfortably hot summers. Our work will ensure power gets to customers to assist during Mother Nature's toughest tests."
Byron Station Unit 2 continued to operate at full power during the Unit 1 outage.
Byron Station is located in Ogle County, Ill., about 25 miles southwest of Rockford. With both units at full power, the site produces enough electricity for about 2.3 million homes.