MORRIS, Ill. (Jan. 13, 2015) - Operators at Dresden Generating Station removed Unit 2 from service at 7:04 p.m. CT, after receiving a system notification for an elevated water level in the reactor. The unit shut down and performed as expected, and the water has been returned to normal operating levels.
Station technical experts are looking into the cause of the issue.
Dresden Unit 3 continues to operate at full power.
Dresden Generating Station is approximately 60 miles southwest of Chicago. The station's two nuclear energy units can produce more than 1,900 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.