BYRON, Ill. - Operators returned Byron Generating Station Unit 2 to full power Sunday, marking the end of the unit's scheduled refueling outage that began Sept. 29.
Byron's two nuclear units along with the other nine operating Exelon reactors in Illinois combine to provide 48% of Illinois' total electricity. Exelon's nuclear units provide 90% of the state's carbon-free electricity.
More than 2,000 Exelon employees and contractors performed thousands of activities during the outage that will ensure the facility's ability to provide reliable, clean and safe electricity through the unit's next 18-month operating cycle. Among the activities performed include safety inspections and equipment tests, plant refurbishments and operating improvements.
"Our unit's consistent full-time operation is due in part to the great work performed by our skilled employees and contract partners," said Site Vice President Russ Kearney, the station's senior executive. "Our two units are ready for another cold winter. We'll be online when our customers need us."
Byron Station is located in Ogle County, Ill., about 25 miles southwest of Rockford. With both units at full power, the site produces enough electricity for about 2.3 million homes.
To learn more about the vital role nuclear plays in supplying electricity to Illinois and the tremendous benefits it provides to families and communities visit www.nuclearpowersillinois.com.