CLINTON — Exelon Generation operators returned Clinton Power Station to full power yesterday, successfully completing a scheduled refueling outage that began May 8. Clinton had been slated to close June 1, but passage of the Future Energy Jobs Act in December is expected to preserve the Clinton and Quad Cities nuclear plants for at least 10 more years of operation.
“The work done over the past several weeks will help us continue to provide clean, safe, reliable power to Central Illinois consumers for years to come,” said Clinton Station site vice president Ted Stoner. “Our employees, families and neighbors are very thankful to Illinois legislative leaders for enacting this legislation that recognizes the significant environmental and economic benefits of nuclear power to our state.”
Clinton Power Station is one of six high-performing Illinois nuclear facilities owned and operated by Exelon Generation, supplying 90 percent of the state’s carbon-free power. These plants alone prevent the release of nearly 80 million metric tons of carbon dioxide annually – the equivalent of taking more than 15 million cars off the road. Exelon Generation’s nuclear units are also the most reliable electricity source in the state, running more than 95 percent of the time through all kinds of weather. The plants deliver a significant economic impact in Illinois, creating more than 4,200 jobs and $1.2 billion in economic activity annually.
“Without the FEJA, Clinton’s environmental and economic benefits would have disappeared forever,” said Marian Brisard, executive director of the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce. “We are grateful the power plant is expected to be around for another decade, providing clean energy and good-paying, stable jobs for the town and the region.”
More than 1,500 additional workers joined Clinton employees to complete the refueling outage. The additional staff provided a boost to the local economy by lodging in area hotels and patronizing nearby restaurants and stores.
While the unit was offline, technicians replaced nearly one-third of the reactor’s fuel and performed thousands of inspections, tests, maintenance activities and modifications. Exelon Generation invests millions of dollars each year to upgrade its plants, installing new equipment and technology and enhancing components to make the facilities even safer and more efficient.
Clinton Station is located approximately six miles east of Clinton. The plant produces 1,069 megawatts at full power – enough electricity to power about 1 million typical homes. Clinton Power Station is on Twitter and You Tube.