BYRON, Ill. — Operators returned Byron Generating Station Unit 1 to full power Monday, marking the end of the unit’s scheduled refueling outage that began Sept. 14.
Approximately 2,000 Exelon employees and supplemental workers performed more than 10,000 carefully choreographed activities during the outage. The activities included safety inspections, equipment tests and plant refurbishments. By replacing and updating equipment on an ongoing basis, it ensures the plant uses the most up-to-date technology. Operators also replaced about one-third of the of the reactor’s fuel.
The work performed during the refueling outage is designed to ensure the facility’s ability to provide clean, safe and reliable electricity through the unit’s next 18-month operating cycle.
"Home owners and businesses rely on power from Byron Station to keep their places of work running and make their homes a place of comfort,” said Site Vice President Russ Kearney, the station’s senior executive. "The work completed during this refueling outage will ensure we are able to provide this service.”
Byron Station Unit 2 continued to operate at full power during the Unit 1 outage.
Byron Station is located in Ogle County, Ill., about 25 miles southwest of Rockford. At full power, the facility’s two generating units produce more than 2,300 megawatts of carbon-free electricity, enough to power more than two million typical American homes.