MORRIS, Ill. (Oct. 18, 2014) - Dresden Generating Station Unit 2 began a scheduled maintenance outage at 7:15 a.m. CT today to perform work on an automatic voltage regulator. The regulator, which is on the non-nuclear side of the plant, controls electrical output from the generator to the transmission grid.
The unit's steam turbine, which spins to create electricity, automatically tripped offline while operators were removing it from service to begin the maintenance outage.
Dresden Generating Station is approximately 60 miles southwest of Chicago. The station's two nuclear energy units can produce more than 1,800 megawatts at full power - enough carbon-free electricity to power more than 1.2 million typical homes. Dresden Unit 1, which began commercial operation in 1960 and was retired in 1978, has been designated a Nuclear Historic Landmark by the American Nuclear Society.