Operators at Dresden Generating Station returned Unit 2 to full power Oct. 20 following maintenance on an automatic voltage regulator. The regulator controls electrical output from the generator to the transmission grid. The unit was removed from service on Saturday, Oct. 18, and returned to service on Sunday, Oct. 19.
Dresden Generating Station is approximately 60 miles southwest of Chicago. The station’s two nuclear energy units can produce more than 1,800 megawatts at full power – enough carbon-free electricity to power more than 1.2 million typical homes. Dresden Unit 1, which began commercial operation in 1960 and was retired in 1978, has been designated a Nuclear Historic Landmark by the American Nuclear Society.