March 31, 2014
Byron Station Completes Refueling Outage
Operators returned Byron Generating Station Unit 1 to full power Sunday, marking the end of the unit’s scheduled refueling outage that began March 10.
BYRON, Ill. — Operators returned Byron Generating Station Unit 1 to full power Sunday, marking the end of the unit’s scheduled refueling outage that began March 10.
Nearly 2,000 Exelon employees and highly-skilled contractors performed more than 10,000 carefully choreographed activities during the outage. These activities included numerous safety inspections and equipment tests, along with plant refurbishments and improvements.
The work is designed to improve Byron Station’s operational strength and enhance multiple layers of safety, ensuring the facility’s ability to provide clean, safe and reliable electricity through the unit’s next 18-month operating cycle.
"Our highly-skilled team safely completed a tremendous amount of work that will help the unit safely provide reliable power to the area,” said Site Vice President Russ Kearney, the station’s senior executive. “Recent weather patterns have brought very cold winters and uncomfortably hot summers. Our work will ensure power gets to customers to assist during Mother Nature’s toughest tests.”
Byron Station Unit 2 continued to operate at full power during the Unit 1 outage.
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.
Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC) is the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, with 2013 revenues of approximately $24.9 billion. Headquartered in Chicago, Exelon has operations and business activities in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Exelon is one of the largest competitive U.S. power generators, with more than 35,000 megawatts of owned capacity comprising one of the nation’s cleanest and lowest-cost power generation fleets. The company’s Constellation business unit provides energy products and services to approximately 100,000 business and public sector customers and approximately 1 million residential customers. Exelon’s utilities deliver electricity and natural gas to more than 6.6 million customers in central Maryland (BGE), northern Illinois (ComEd) and southeastern Pennsylvania (PECO).