Nuclear energy plants in the United States are licensed to operate for 40 years. The 40-year license term reflects the amortization period generally used by electric utility companies for large capital investments. The Atomic Energy Act of 1954 permits nuclear plants to renew their operating licenses. Learn more about the NRC license renewal process.
Braidwood Unit 1’s original license continues through 2026 and Unit 2’s license continues through 2027. With license renewal, Braidwood Generating Station Unit 1 and Unit 2 will be able to produce clean, low-cost energy until 2046 and 2047.
A Clean Energy Source
Braidwood Generating Station is a clean energy source in Illinois, producing enough electricity to power two million homes each year without producing greenhouse gas emissions during its operations.
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A Safe Energy Source
Braidwood Generating Station invests in its equipment and people to ensure safe plant operations. Like all nuclear energy plants, Braidwood is subject to a rigorous program of NRC oversight and inspection of Braidwood's preventive and corrective maintenance, equipment replacement and extensive equipment testing programs. These programs ensure nuclear plant equipment continue to meet safety standards, no matter how long the plant has been operating.
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A Reliable Energy Source
Braidwood Generating Station is an always-on, stable source of electricity. Reliability can be measured by capacity factor, which is the amount of electricity actually produced compared with how much electricity would be produced if the plant operated at full capacity, 100 percent of the time. Braidwood's average combined capacity factor was 91.1 percent in 2012.
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