MORRIS – Operators at Exelon Generation’s Dresden Station returned Unit 2 to full power at 11:38 a.m. Tuesday following the completion of the unit’s 23rd refueling outage on Sunday.
During the 20-day outage, Exelon employees and supplemental workers performed nearly 10,000 activities, including equipment upgrades, safety inspections, tests and plant improvements, according to a news release from Exelon. The unit began its scheduled refueling outage Nov. 11.
Dresden Unit 2’s first refueling outage was conducted in 1971.
“We appreciate the efforts of our employees and the more than 1,600 supplemental workers that supported us,” Dresden Site Vice President Shane Marik said in the news release. “The work done during refueling outages is crucial to ensuring plant safety and long-term equipment reliability.”
Dresden Unit 3 continued to operate during the Unit 2 refueling outage.
Dresden Generating Station’s two operating units can produce more than 1,800 megawatts net of electricity, enough to power 1.2 million average homes, according to the news release.
Dresden Unit 1, which began commercial operation in 1960 and was retired in 1978, has been designated a Nuclear Historic Landmark by the American Nuclear Society.
Exelon Corporation is headquartered in Chicago and has operations and business activities in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Exelon is one of the largest competitive U.S. power generators, with about 35,000 megawatts of owned capacity comprising one of the nation’s cleanest and lowest cost power generation fleets.