BYRON, Ill. – Operators removed Byron Generating Station Unit 2 from service at 1:38 p.m. CT Wednesday to investigate low water level indications in the unit's steam generators. The steam generator is one of the larger components in the plant and it helps convert steam from the reactor into electricity.
Byron Station operators continuously monitor plant systems to ensure safety. If conditions warrant, operators are trained to remove the unit from service to inspect and repair any issues. The shutdown presents no risk to public health or safety.
Operators will inspect equipment, make necessary adjustments or repairs, and perform extensive testing before returning the unit to service. Byron Unit 1 continues to operate at full power.
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.