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2320 MW​​​Generation capacity
2.3M​​Customers served
93.9%​​​​Amount of time our LaSalle County nuclear facility is on and operating

 

 

LaSalle County Generating Station<div class="intro-content copy-section">​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​LaSalle County Generating Station is a nuclear power plant located in rural LaSalle County in northern Illinois about 75 miles southwest of Chicago. </div><div class="copy-section"><p>The station is built on a 3,055-acre site with a 2,058-acre man-made cooling lake, which is also a popular fishery managed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.</p><p>Units 1 and 2 began commercial operating in October 1982 and October 1984, respectively. ​Both of LaSalle's units are boiling water reactors designed by General Electric.- LaSalle's Unit 1 is capable of generating 1161 net megawatts (MW), while Unit 2 is capable of generating 1159​ net MW. Together the units can produce enough energy to power more than 2.3 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">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"><div><p>LaSalle Station employs approximately 800 employees who live primarily in LaSalle, Livingston and Grundy counties.​</p> </div></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>LaSalle 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 United Way Labor of Love, Grand Ridge Youth Baseball Association, Streator Spring Lake Park, The Illinois River Area Chamber of Commerce, LaSalle County Pheasants Forever, Marseilles Fun Days, Seneca SummerFest and local schools.</li><li> <strong>Charitable Giving & Volunteering.</strong>​ LaSalle employees give generously to the community through a variety of volunteer activities, including the local United Way campaign.</li></ul></div></div></div></div>LaSalle County Generating Station

 

 

 

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