Exelon (NYSE:EXC) has completed the refueling and maintenance outage at the Clinton nuclear plant in Illinois.
The outage had started April 27. It resumed generating a small amount of electricity on May 17 and ultimately reached 100% generation on May 21, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).
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.
More than 2,000 Exelon employees and contractors performed thousands of maintenance activities during the roughly three week outage, Exelon said in a May 20 statement.
“Our ability to provide the region around-the-clock electricity is due to the work completed during this refuel outage,” said Site Vice President Mark Newcomer. “This will help keep homes cool during the summer heat and warm during the frigid Illinois winter.”
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. Clinton and five other Exelon nuclear power plants in Illinois combine to produce 90% of the state’s carbon-free electricity, the company said.
Some critics have labeled the proposal a “bailout” bill for Exelon.