Oswego, NY (March 5, 2020) – Operators at the Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station Unit 2 removed the generator from service at 12:04 p.m. on March 4 to begin the station’s 17th planned refueling outage. Reliable operation enabled Unit 2 to generate more than 20.65 million MWh of carbon-free electricity for customers since the last refueling outage. That amount of clean energy has the same carbon emissions avoidance of removing more than 2.9 million passenger cars from local roadways for one year.
During the outage, Exelon employees and supplemental workers will refuel the reactor and perform maintenance activities to keep the unit running safely and efficiently for another twoyear cycle. Technicians also will complete testing and maintenance, and perform work that can only be done when the station is not generating electricity – all to ensure the unit operates at its best for the coming two-year cycle.
To support this work, the station will use the talents and expertise of more than 1,300 additional workers, many of whom travel to Nine Mile Point from outside the area. For several weeks preceding and during the outage, the influx of workers provides a significant boost to the local economy.
"A refueling outage gives us the opportunity to perform important maintenance and updates that ensure Nine Mile Point will safely and reliably provide carbon-free energy to our customers so that when temperatures dip like they did this winter, or soar like they will this summer, residents’ energy needs are met,” said Site Vice President Peter Orphanos. “As always, we will complete our outage tasks with an unwavering commitment to safety and environmental stewardship.”
Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station is located seven miles northeast of Oswego and 50 miles north of Syracuse. The station can produce more than 1,937 megawatts of carbon-free electricity – enough to power nearly two million homes.
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,
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