Exelon Generation owns and operates a number of intermediate and peaking fossil power plants in several states, including Pennsylvania, Maryland and Illinois. These units are used as needed for peak demand periods and load balancing.
Originally built in the 1950s to produce steam to run the steel mills, Fairless Hills now generates electricity. The power plant now uses landfill gas from Waste Management’s Tullytown and Grows landfills as its primary fuel source.
Since Exelon purchased the plant in 1997, improvements have been made to expand and increase the reliability of the plant. Fairless Hills is now the second largest landfill gas power plant in the United States.
In 1997, Fairless Hills received the Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence.
All Exelon facilities employ sophisticated emergency response plans to protect public health and safety. These plans are reviewed and approved by state governments and regulatory agencies. The emergency planning includes coordination with local counties, municipalities and school districts.
Supporting the Local Economy
Exelon Power's plants pay local real estate taxes every year to support county and township government, area schools, libraries, park districts and other taxing bodies where our plants are located.
Fairless Hills aims to be a good neighbor and is very active in the local community.
- Charitable Giving & Volunteering. The power plant donates to a variety of charitable activities including the local United Way chapters; the Pennsbury Partners Program; and the Pennsbury School District.
- Education. As part of Exelon 2020, The Fairless Hills Renewable Education Center, which opened in October 2008, offers regular tours of the facility, information on renewable energy and other Exelon renewable energy efforts. The Education Center features a classroom for 6 interactive exhibits. Since its opening, the Center has hosted more than 500 students from Bucks County schools.