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Quad Cities Generating Station

Quad Cities Generating Station

Quad Cities Generating Station is a dual-unit nuclear power plant located in Cordova, Illinois.

The Quad Cities power plant is built on 765-acre site along the Mississippi River. Units 1 and 2 began commercial operation in 1973.

Both of the Quad Cities units were designed and built by General Electric Company.  Exelon operates the power plant that is co-owned by Exelon (75%) and Mid-American Energy (25%).   Unit 1 is capable of producing 866 net megawatts (MW) and Unit 2 is capable of producing 871 net MW of electricity. Combined, the units produce enough electricity to power more than 1.5 million average American homes.

Committed to Safety

Quad Cities Generating Station, like all U.S. nuclear energy facilities, is based on a “defense-in-depth” design, which means there are redundant layers of safety.  There are multiple layers of safety systems to provide water to the reactor core.  These safety systems, and their backup safety systems, are powered by multiple and redundant power sources.  Nuclear energy plants are built with multiple physical barriers, including thick, steel-reinforced concrete walls around the reactor to contain radioactive materials. 

Our employees are personally committed to safety.  They are highly-skilled workers and continually receive training to make our safe work practices even safer.  We have a culture of continuous learning and implement lessons learned from operating experience to continue to operate safe nuclear energy facilities.  Each employee has 100 percent accountability.  We welcome strict, daily oversight by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).  We work with the NRC to ensure that all regulations are complied with - and exceeded.

Learn more about the safety of Exelon's nuclear energy plants.

Generating More Low-Carbon Electricity

As part of Exelon 2020, Exelon Nuclear launched a series of planned power uprates across the company's nuclear fleet that will generate additional generation capacity within 8 years without turning a spade of earth. Uprate projects improve the efficiency and increase electricity output of a nuclear generating unit through upgrades to plant equipment. The projects take advantage of new production and measurement technologies, new materials and learning from a half-century of nuclear power operations.

Quad Cities nuclear plant, through equipment upgrades, provided the first of these new, carbon-free nuclear megawatts in June 2009.

Emergency Planning

Quad Cities employs a sophisticated emergency plan to protect public health and safety approved by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the State of Illinois. The emergency plan includes coordination with local countries, municipalities and school districts in the 4 counties that comprise the 10-mile radius of the plant in both Illinois and Iowa.

Supporting the Local Economy

Quad Cities has approximately 750 Exelon employees that live in the Quad Cities area.  During refueling outages, the power plant employs several hundred temporary contractors who boost the local economy during their stay. The station’s annual payroll is approximately $60 million.

Community Involvement

Quad Cities aims to be a good neighbor and is very active in the local community.
  • Sponsorship.  The power plant sponsors several community events, including the Quad City Air Show, Steamer Shootout Class ‘A’ Summer Basketball Tournament, Mississippi River Clean-up and the Great River Tug. The station also sponsors numerous community events and youth sports teams as well as two children’s summer reading programs at local public libraries.
  • Charitable Giving & Volunteering.   Quad Cities’ employees give generously to the community through a variety of charitable activities including local United Way chapters. The station has been repeatedly recognized as an area leader by the United Way of the Quad Cities. The station also sponsors multiple blood drives throughout the year, helping local hospitals.  Quad Cities employees also runs food, toy and fundraiser drives to support various community groups and agencies.

Site Vice President: Scott Darin

Plant Manager: Kevin O'Shea

22710 206th Avenue North
Cordova, Illinois

  • Number of units: 2 operating units
  • Total site net generation: 1,819 net MW
  • 2014 net generation: 15.5 million MWh
  • Customers served: 1.2 million homes
  • 2014 capacity factor: 94.4%
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