Byron, Illinois - Operators at Exelon Nuclear's Byron Generating Station returned Unit 2 to the electrical grid Saturday, ending a scheduled refueling and maintenance outage that began April 19.
"The safe completion of work by our Exelon employees and contract crews will ensure the continued safe, reliable production of environmentally-friendly electricity," said site vice president Dan Enright. "This was a complex outage and I appreciate the many people who worked diligently to return this unit to service."
In addition to refueling the reactor, workers performed extensive inspections, testing and maintenance on a wide range of components and equipment on Unit 2.
"I also thank the local communities for their patience as the number of outage workers increased," said Enright. "While we recognize the positive economic impact this temporary workforce brings to the local area, we know that it can disrupt the normal flow of traffic at restaurants, convenience stores and gas stations."
Byron Unit 1 operated at 100% power during the Unit 2 outage.
Byron Generating Station is in Ogle County, Illinois, about 25 miles southwest of Rockford.