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1871 MW​​Generation capacity
1M​​Customers served
95.5%​​​Amount of time our Quad Cities nuclear facility is on and operating

 

 

Quad Cities Generating Station<div class="intro-content copy-section">​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Quad Cities Generating Station is a dual-unit nuclear power plant located in Cordova, Illinois. </div><div class="copy-section"><p>The Quad Cities power plant is built on 765-acre site along the Mississippi River. Units 1 and 2 began commercial operation in 1973.</p><p>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 934 net megawatts (MW) and Unit 2 is capable of producing 937​ net MW of electricity. Combined, the units produce enough electricity to power more than 1.5 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"><p>Quad Cities has approximately 800 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 $77 million.</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>Quad Cities aims to be a good neighbor and is very active in the local community.</p><ul class="styled-bullets"><li> <strong>Sponsorship.</strong>Th​e 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.</li><li> <strong>Charitable Giving & Volunteering.</strong> 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.</li></ul></div></div></div></div>Quad Cities Generating Station

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