Exelon’s Braidwood 2 nuclear plant completes refueling outage

Operators returned Braidwood Generating Station Unit 2 in Illinois to full power Oct. 26, marking the end of the unit’s scheduled refueling outage that began Oct. 5.

During the outage, workers completed more than 9,000 safety inspections, equipment tests and improvements for the unit. Replacing and updating equipment on an ongoing basis ensures the plant uses the most up-to-date technology. Operators also replaced about one-third of the reactor’s fuel. Braidwood Station Unit 1 continued to operate at full power during the Unit 2 outage.

Exelon operates 11 nuclear units at six sites in Illinois. These facilities provide 48 percent of the state’s total electricity and 90 percent of its carbon-free electricity. 

Braidwood Station is located approximately 60 miles southwest of Chicago in Will County and produces enough carbon-free electricity to power more than 2 million typical homes.