Exelon notifies PJM of June 2018 closure of Quad Cities nuclear plant

Exelon Generation said July 7 that it has formally notified PJM Interconnection of its plans to retire the Quad Cities Generating Station on June 1, 2018.

This is the latest of several procedural notifications Exelon is required to make prior to retiring the Quad Cities and Clinton nuclear stations in Illinois. In June, Exelon Generation similarly notified the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

On June 2, Exelon announced plans to close the Quad Cities and Clinton stations on June 1, 2018, and June 1, 2017, respectively, given the lack of progress on Illinois energy legislation that would support this emissions-free capacity. The stations have lost a combined $800 million in the past seven years, despite being two of Exelon’s best-performing plants.

“We continue to work with all stakeholders to ensure the retirement of these plants is carried out responsibly, safely and with consideration to the employees and the communities in which the plants operate,” said Chris Crane, Exelon president and CEO. “We are committed to being transparent at every step in the process, and that includes giving grid operators ample time to prepare for the loss of these units.”

Exelon employs nearly 900 workers at Quad Cities. Clinton, which operates in the Midcontinent ISO market, employs approximately 700 workers. Exelon plans to formally notify MISO of its plans to close Clinton later this year.

Exelon said it will continue to work with stakeholders on passing the Next Generation Energy Plan that is critical to the state’s environment and economy. While these needed policy reforms may come too late to save Quad Cities and Clinton, Exelon is committed to working with policymakers and other stakeholders to advance an all-of-the-above plan that would promote zero-carbon energy, create and preserve clean-energy jobs, establish a more equitable utility rate structure and give customers more control over their bills.

Clinton is a single-unit boiling water reactor (BWR) facility that has a nameplate capacity of about 1,100 MW. Quad Cities is a two-unit BWR facility with a total nameplate capacity of more than 2,000 MW.

Exelon Generation parent Exelon Corp. (NYSE: EXC) is a Fortune 100 energy company with the largest number of utility customers in the U.S. Exelon does business in 48 states, the District of Columbia and Canada and had 2015 revenue of $34.5 billion. Exelon is one of the largest competitive U.S. power generators, with more than 32,700 MW of nuclear, gas, wind, solar and hydroelectric generating capacity.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.