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1845 MW​​Generation capacity
1.5M​​Customers served
95.3%​​​Amount of time our Dresden nuclear facility is on and operating

 

 

Dresden Generating Station<div class="intro-content copy-section">​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Dresden Generating Station, located in rural Grundy County in northern Illinois, is home to the nation's first full-scale, privately financed nuclear power plant, which began operation in 1960. </div><div class="copy-section"><p>Two of the 3 units at Dresden are currently in operation. Dresden Units 2 and 3 began commercial operation in July 1970 and November 1971, respectively. In October 2004, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission renewed the operating licenses for both units for an additional 20 years, extending them to 2030 and 2031. Both units contain boiling water reactors designed by General Electric. Unit 2 is capable of generating 925 megawatts (MW) of electricity, while Unit 3 is capable of generating 920​ MW. Together, the units can produce enough electricity to power more than 1.5 million average American homes. In 1978, Dresden Unit 1 was retired and is now designated a Nuclear Historic Landmark by the American Nuclear Society. While in operation, the unit was capable of generating 210 MW of electricity.</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">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 Homeland Security. </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>Most of Dresden's approximately 800 employees live in Grundy and Will Counties. The station's annual payroll is about $74 million. During refueling outages, Dresden 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, and we're good neighbors</h4></div><div class="grouper-content"><div class="cta-generic"><p>Dresden aims to be a good neighbor and is active in the local community.</p><ul class="styled-bullets"><li> <strong>Sponsorship.</strong> The power plant sponsors several community events, including the Goose Lake Prairie Partners annual Prairie Day Celebration​. Dresden also sponsors area youth sports teams and provides funding to a variety of charitable and civic organizations and causes.</li><li> <strong>Charitable Giving & Volunteering.</strong> Dresden employees give generously to the community through a variety of volunteer activities, including the local United Way campaign. The station also sponsors blood drives during the year, helping local hospitals.</li></ul></div></div></div></div>​Dresden Generating Station

 

 

 

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