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Illinois Nuclear Plants Set Outage Performance Records While Keeping Their Workers and Communities Safe During COVID-19Illinois Nuclear Plants Set Outage Performance Records While Keeping Their Workers and Communities Safe During COVID-19<p>WARRENVILLE, Ill. – Four of Exelon Generation’s six Illinois nuclear plants safely completed refueling outages during the COVID-19 pandemic, setting new operational records at each facility. Braidwood, Byron, LaSalle and Quad Cities all delivered record outages while implementing proactive measures to keep workers safe and virus-free.</p><p>“The essential workers who operate, maintain and refuel Exelon’s Illinois nuclear stations delivered a heroic performance this spring,” said Bryan Hanson, Exelon Generation, president and chief nuclear officer. “Not only did they perform the required outage work safely and effectively, but they did it in record time while preventing the spread of COVID-19.”</p><p>Nuclear refueling outages, which are conducted every 18 to 24 months, require a minimum of 1,500 to 2,000 employees and contractors to perform the required inspections, maintenance tasks and tests. Many of the contractors are skilled craft workers from local union halls who specialize in nuclear maintenance and refueling. </p><p>“Exelon Generation went above and beyond to protect everyone who came onsite during an outage so our workers could complete critical maintenance work,” said Terry McGoldrick, president of IBEW Local 15. “Our folks worked hard to support these essential refuelings while protecting each other and the community, and we’re proud of them.”</p><p>Exelon Generation’s average outage duration in Illinois this spring was 17 days, a full two weeks shorter than the national average. This efficiency alone generated carbon-free power for an additional 4.6 million homes, hospitals and other essential businesses during a critical time. Exelon Generation continues to make its nuclear facilities even safer, more effective and cost-efficient than ever before, reinforcing nuclear’s enormous value in Illinois. </p><p>Each Illinois station set a plant record during this spring outage season: </p><ul><li>LaSalle had its shortest-ever refueling outage at 18 days. </li><li>Quad Cities completed the site’s longest continuous run of 722 days and achieved a new station record for outage duration at 16 days.</li><li>Byron and Braidwood both completed their sixth consecutive continuous cycle of operations, known in the industry as a “breaker-to-breaker” run, which equates to 10 years of non-stop safe and reliable operation.</li></ul><p>In addition to following all CDC guidelines and recommended precautions to slow the transmission of COVID-19, Exelon Generation’s nuclear plants implemented their pandemic plans and tailored them to bolster health and safety. Exelon Generation recorded only a few confirmed cases of COVID-19 during the outage season, despite the thousands of workers supporting outages. </p><p>Each refueling site took proactive health measures, including: </p><ul><li>Pre-entry screenings and body temperature checks </li><li>Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing of work areas, break rooms and lavatories</li><li>Social distancing, remote workers and staggered shift turnovers.</li></ul><p><br></p> 4:00:00 PM
Byron Generating Station Refueling Outage Provides Economic Boost to Rock River AreaByron Generating Station Refueling Outage Provides Economic Boost to Rock River Area<div>BYRON, Ill. (March 9, 2020) — Operators removed Byron Generating Station’s Unit 1 nuclear reactor from service at 1 a.m. today for a scheduled refueling and maintenance outage. While the unit is offline, technicians will replace one-third of the reactor’s fuel and complete maintenance tasks that cannot be performed while the reactor is online.<br></div><div><br></div><div>The unit just completed its third consecutive uninterrupted 18-month cycle, in which it powered more than 1 million homes and businesses with carbon-free electricity every day. That clean power production is the equivalent emissions avoidance of removing 2 million vehicles from local roadways.<br></div><div><br></div><div>“Completing three 18-month cycles on Unit 1 without interruption is a testament to nuclear power’s reliability and to the precise maintenance and operation by the nuclear workforce,” said Site Vice President Mark Kanavos. “We rely on the skills and talents of many local union workers to support reliable, carbon-free energy generation for the Rock River community.”<br></div><div><br></div><div>More than 1,200 supplemental workers will join 800 Exelon Generation employees in preparing the facility for another reliable run.<br></div><div><br></div><div>“The jobs provided by refueling outages are reliable and good-paying, attracting expert labor from far and wide,” said Terry McGoldrick, president of IBEW Local 15. “It’s a win-win for the local community and the workforce, who both benefit from their work and stay in the Rock River area.”<br></div><div><br></div><div>For several weeks preceding and following the outage, the influx of workers provides a significant boost to the local economy. <br></div><div><br></div><div>“The refueling outages at Byron Station are a boon to our local economy,” said Liz Vos, executive director of the Oregon Area Chamber of Commerce. “Our area businesses will see the added foot traffic, which can make a big difference to the bottom lines of many merchants.”<br></div><div><br></div><div>In addition to regular refueling and maintenance, the station will continue its commitment to major equipment upgrades. During the outage technical experts will replace two large transformers, which are used to take the electricity produced in the Unit 1 generator and distribute it within the plant to operate pumps and other equipment. Continually upgrading or replacing major components at the plant helps ensure the facility will run uninterrupted between outage projects, providing continuous carbon-free electricity to Northern Illinois and beyond.<br></div><div><br></div><div>Byron Generating Station is in Ogle County, Ill., about 20 miles southwest of Rockford. With both units at full power, the site produces almost 2,500 megawatts, enough electricity to power more than 2 million average American homes.<br></div><p><br></p> 4:00:00 PM
Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station Receives Approval to Operate an Additional 20 YearsPeach Bottom Atomic Power Station Receives Approval to Operate an Additional 20 YearsDELTA, Pa. (Mar. 6, 2020) — Today, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) granted a 20-year license extension for Exelon Generation’s Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station Units 2 and 3. This extension authorizes the plant’s two reactors to continue generating carbon-free electricity for more than 2.7 million homes and businesses through 2054. <div> “We are pleased with the NRC’s decision to grant a subsequent license renewal for Peach Bottom Units 2 and 3,” said Bryan Hanson, Exelon Nuclear chief nuclear officer. “This plant is well suited to continue running safely, reliably and efficiently, given the extensive upgrades accomplished over the past seven years.” <br></div><div> Exelon Generation recently made significant investments in new equipment and technologies to increase Peach Bottom’s generation capacity by approximately 12 percent. Many of Peach Bottom’s major components, including the station’s high and low-pressure turbines, steam dryers, main generators and main power transformers have been replaced or upgraded.</div><div><br></div><div> “The ability to operate Peach Bottom for another 20 years is good news for the environment, our employees and the community,” Hanson added. “However, nuclear plants must remain financially viable to continue to operate. It’s critical that we continue to pursue policy reforms that value the environmental, economic and reliability benefits that zero-carbon nuclear energy provides.”</div><div> If Peach Bottom continues to run through 2054, it is estimated that its clean energy production would avoid more than 536 million tons of carbon from entering the atmosphere. That amount of carbon avoidance is equivalent to removing 3.3 million cars from the roadway every year for 34 years.</div><div>In addition to environmental benefits, the facility supports the local economy. The Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station employs 750 people full-time with a payroll totaling $84.6 million annually. In addition to full-time staff, the plant employs an average of 1,800 additional contractors and union craftspeople annually during refueling outages to help complete maintenance activities that cannot be performed when the plant is online. Those contractors patronize local merchants, spending money at hotels, restaurants and stores.</div><div><br></div><div> “Peach Bottom’s refueling outages deliver a major economic boost for our business. Travelers stay in our motel and eat at both of our restaurants. The extra business really helps and has a big impact on our local economy,” said Peach Bottom Inn Owner & General Manager Roula Skouras .</div><div><br></div><div> "I was raised on wages earned at Pennsylvania's nuclear power plants, so I know first-hand the value of the family-supporting jobs these plants provide,” said Joe Gusler, president, Central PA Building & Construction Trades. “Plants like Peach Bottom support not only the full-time employees who work there, but the thousands of temporary trades jobs during refueling outages that are so critical for the building trades in Pennsylvania. We'd like to see Peach Bottom continue operation for many years ahead.” </div><div><br></div><div>“This license renewal is extremely important for our employees and the local community,” said Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station Site Vice President Pat Navin. “The opportunity for long-term employment helps build a more stable community. Our employees also give of their time, talent and funds to charitable organizations surrounding the plant, which benefits everyone.” </div><div><br></div><div> In 2019, station employees donated $678,886 and volunteered more than 2,500 hours to help organizations and charities in the communities surrounding the plant including workforce development programs, STEM education events, environmental causes, food pantries and veterans’ organizations, among many others.</div><div><br></div><div> Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station is located on the west bank of the Conowingo Pond (Susquehanna River) in York County, Pa. The station is home to two nuclear reactors that provide enough carbon-free energy to power more than 2.7 million homes and businesses. Both reactors began commercial operation in 1974. </div><div><br></div><div> Exelon Generation, a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (Nasdaq: EXC), is the nation’s largest producer of carbon-free energy, powering more than 20 million homes and businesses through a diverse generation fleet with more than 31,000 megawatts of capacity. Exelon Generation operates the largest U.S. fleet of zero-carbon nuclear plants with more than 18,700 megawatts from 21 reactors at 12 facilities in Illinois, Maryland, New York and Pennsylvania. It also operates a diverse mix of wind, solar, landfill gas, hydroelectric, natural gas and oil facilities in 19 states with more than 12,300 megawatts. Exelon Generation sets the standard for world-class power plant operations that produce clean, safe, reliable electricity, and is an active partner and economic engine in the communities it serves by providing jobs, charitable contributions and tax payments that help towns and regions grow. 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