BYRON, Ill. - Summer's hot and sticky days are right around the corner - so it's a perfect time to see how a nuclear plant makes carbon free energy to help run air conditioners in more than 2 million homes.
Byron Generating Station hosts its annual community open house on Sunday, May 3 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. in the facility's training building located at 4450 N. German Church Road in Byron. The open house features informational booths, interactive demonstrations, colorful educational displays, a look inside the control simulator, and much more. Guests can learn about the benefits of nuclear power, which provides 90% of the state's carbon free electricity and nearly half of its overall power supply.
"We pride ourselves on providing power 24/7 during the harshest weather, which includes very hot and sticky summer days," said Byron Station Site Vice President Russ Kearney. "This educational experience is perfect for families to see how we make that power and how we ensure the lights stay on during Mother Nature's most challenging weather."
Guests can tour the control room simulator, take a guided bus tour around the perimeter of the facility, and even participate in a trivia challenge. And to help amateur duffers get ready for the golf season, there is a "Beat the Pro" chipping contest with prizes for all participants. Traditional summer picnic food will be served. Those who have questions about the event or general questions about Byron Generating Station and its outreach program can call (815) 406-3554.
Due to security restrictions, the open house is limited to the plant's training center and exterior roads. It will not include a tour inside the plant.
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.