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2389 MW​​​​​Generation capacity
2M​​Customers served
94.7%​​​Amount of time our Braidwood nuclear facility is on and operating



Braidwood Generating Station<div class="intro-content copy-section">​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Braidwood Generating Station, Exelon's newest nuclear power plant, is located in northeastern Illinois, about 60 miles southwest of Chicago in Will County. </div><div class="copy-section"><p>The power plant is built on a 4,457-acre site, and its cooling lake was formed from scarred farming land and an old strip mine. Units 1 and 2 began commercial operation in July and October of 1988, respectively.</p><p>Both of Braidwood's units are pressurized water reactors designed by Westinghouse. Unit 1 is capable of generating 1211 net megawatts (MW) of electricity, while Unit 2 is capable of generating 1178​ net MW. Together they can produce enough electricity to power more than 2 million average American homes.</p></div><div class="grouper"><div class="row"><div class="grouper-section"> </div><div class="section-header"><h4>Committed to safety</h4></div><div class="grouper-content"><div class="cta-generic"><p>We use "defense-in-depth" design, which means there are redundant, diverse, and reliable safety systems to supply water to the reactor core. Every safety system has at least one independent back-up system and many have more than one. Plant safety systems are also run by multiple, redundant power sources. Certain equipment is designed to automatically shut down the plant if the need arises due to a condition outside of normal operations.</p><p>We also count on our people. Before they become Exelon employees, job applicants must pass thorough background checks. Exelon Nuclear then invests in training programs - both initial training and continuous programs for existing, experienced operations staff.</p><p>Much of our operations training is done in a full-scale electronic simulator of a control room. Initial training includes 12 weeks in the classroom, 25 weeks in the control room simulator and 16 weeks of on-the-job training. Once an employee is licensed by the NRC, that operator will continually train by spending one week in a control room simulator for every five weeks spent on shift in the control room. Even our most senior reactor operators receive training every six weeks, for a total of 8.5 weeks of training every year.</p><p> <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=7628dbb4-4e0e-44ff-8ad0-757ff755058a&TermSetId=4edbe393-511d-4d44-ae11-d078f6633c49&TermId=4e57e9f3-21ec-4324-acf4-c7167186d0c8" class="green-chevron-link">Learn more about the safety of Exelon's nuclear energy plants</a>​</p></div></div></div></div><div class="grouper"><div class="row"><div class="grouper-section"> </div><div class="section-header"><h4>Generating more low-carbon electricity</h4></div><div class="grouper-content"><div class="cta-generic"><p>Today's nuclear energy facilities produce 64 percent of America's clean, carbon-free electricity. As America confronts climate change and seeks to reduce carbon emissions, nuclear energy is a vital part of the mix. It's a 24/7 provider of base load power, far more productive than other clean energy sources and far more reliable, too.</p></div></div></div></div><div class="grouper"><div class="row"><div class="grouper-section"> </div><div class="section-header"><h4>Sophisticated emergency planning</h4></div><div class="grouper-content"><div class="cta-generic"><p>Safety is Exelon Generation's first and highest obligation. Nuclear power plants are among the best-protected private sector facilities in America, with monitoring and inspections by plant owners, local officials and the federal government.</p><p>All nuclear energy facilities in America are required to develop and test detailed emergency response plans to protect the public. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) reviews and approves these plans. The NRC also coordinates approval of these plans with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).</p></div></div></div></div><div class="grouper"><div class="row"><div class="grouper-section"> </div><div class="section-header"><h4>Plant security</h4></div><div class="grouper-content"><div class="cta-generic"><p>By design and construction, nuclear facilities are very difficult to penetrate. That, plus a well-armed paramilitary security force, and multiple backup safety systems, delivers layer upon layer of safety.</p><p>The nuclear energy industry maintains very strict security to prevent unauthorized persons from gaining access to critical equipment or approaching close enough to harm the facility either by land or air. America's 62 nuclear sites are protected by sophisticated surveillance systems and approximately 9,000 highly trained, armed officers.</p><p>The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission now considers new threat scenarios and protections in emergency preparedness in light of the threat of terrorist attacks. After September 11, 2001, all those involved in emergency planning reevaluated those plans and put additional practices in place. Exelon Generation has open lines of communications with the Dept. of <br>​​Homeland S​ecurity.</p></div></div></div></div><div class="grouper"><div class="row"><div class="grouper-section"> </div><div class="section-header"><h4>Supporting the local economy</h4></div><div class="grouper-content"><div class="cta-generic"><p>The majority of Braidwood's approximately 763​ Exelon employees live in Grundy and Will counties. The power plant's annual payroll is about $78​ million​. During refueling outages, Braidwood employs several hundred temporary contractors who boost the local economy during their stay.</p></div></div></div></div><div class="grouper"><div class="row"><div class="grouper-section"> </div><div class="section-header"><h4>We live here too, an​d we're good neighbors</h4></div><div class="grouper-content"><div class="cta-generic"><p>Braidwood aims to be a good neighbor and is very active in the local community.</p><ul class="styled-bullets"><li> <b>Sponsorship. </b>The power plant sponsors several community events including the Braidwood SummerFest and the Braidwood Shootout, a 32-team basketball tournament held annually at Reed Custer High School. The plant also sponsors numerous other community events and awards scholarships to local high school seniors.</li><li> <b>Charitable Giving.</b> Braidwood employees give generously to the community through a variety of charitable activities including the local United Way chapters and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund. The plant also sponsors blood drives throughout the year, helping local hospitals, and food drives for local school children. The plant's "Goodwill Committee" also runs clothing, toy and fund drives to support various community groups and agencies.</li><li> <b>Events.</b>​ "Fishing for a Cure" is the power plant's signature event. This annual fishing tournament raises money for a local charity selected each year by employees. Exelon pays for the event, allowing 100% of the entry fee, raffles and silent auctions to go directly to the chosen charity. Since 2002, the event has raised more than $500​,000​ for charity. <p>​<a href="/newsroom/events/Pages/Exelon%27s-Fishing-for-a-Cure.aspx" title="Link Title" class="chevron-link">See Rules and Entry Form</a></p>​​​</li></ul></div></div></div></div>Braidwood Generating Station





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