Exelon (NYSE:EXC) said that it Clinton nuclear plant began a regularly-scheduled refueling and maintenance outage on April 27.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) listed Clinton at zero percent generation on April 28 after being listed at 92% as recently as April 26.
More than 1,500 workers will support maintenance activities designed to keep the plant operating safely and reliably during the next year.
Exelon has been asking Illinois lawmakers to draft a clean energy standard that would recognize nuclear plants like Clinton in providing baseload carbon-free electricity. “Many of us in Clinton hope our state elected leaders can find a solution to keep the plant open,” Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Marian Brisard said in a news release.
Clinton Power Station is a boiling water reactor (BWR) located approximately six miles east of Clinton. The plant produces 1,078 MW at full power – enough electricity to power about one million typical homes.