Nuclear Plants

Braidwood Unit 1 & Unit 2

Braidwood Generating Station, located near Braidwood in northeast Illinois, is a two-unit nuclear generating facility capable of generating 1,120 net megawatts per unit. Together the units produce enough power to support the electricity needs of over 2 million average American homes.

The station is built on a 4,457-acre site, and its cooling lake was formed from scarred farming land and an old strip mine. Its Units 1 and 2 are pressurized water reactors designed by Westinghouse and began commercial operation in July and October 1988, respectively.

Byron Unit 1 & Unit 2

Byron Generating Station, located near Byron in northern Illinois, is a two-unit nuclear generating facility capable of generating 1,120 net megawatts per unit. Together the units produce enough power to support the electricity needs of over 2 million average American homes.

Its twin cooling towers reach 495 feet into the air, overlooking the beautiful Rock River valley. Units 1 and 2 began commercial operation on Sept. 16, 1985, and Aug. 2, 1987, respectively.

Calvert Cliffs

Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant is located in Lusby, Md. on the western shore of Chesapeake Bay.

Together, its two pressurized light water reactor units produce more than 1,700 megawatts of electricity, which power more than 1 million homes.

Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant maintains a comprehensive land, forest management, and wildlife protection program, selectively harvesting and replanting trees and ground cover to maintain wildlife habitats where wild turkey and bobwhite quail flourish.

Clinton Power Station

Clinton Power Station, located near the central Illinois town of Clinton, is a single-unit nuclear generating facility capable of producing 950 net megawatts. The CPS reactor is a boiling water reactor design by General Electric. Clinton has been producing electricity for customers since 1987.

Clinton Station was built on one of the world’s largest power plant sites: 14,300 acres, including the 5,000-acre Clinton Lake. The lake provides cooling water for the plant and offers the public a popular recreational area. About 10,000 acres of the CPS site have been leased to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and have been developed as the Clinton Lake State Recreation Area.

Dresden Unit 2 & Unit 3

Dresden Nuclear Generating Station, located in rural Grundy County in northern Illinois, is the home to the nation’s first full-scale, privately financed nuclear power plant, which began operation in 1960. Retired in 1978, Unit 1 generated 210 net megawatts. It is designated a Nuclear Historic Landmark by the American Nuclear Society.

Dresden Units 2 and 3 began commercial operation in June 1970 and November 1971, respectively. Both are boiling water reactors designed by General Electric. Each unit is capable of generating 794 net megawatts, which together can produce enough power to support the electricity needs of over 1 million average American homes.

Fitzpatrick

The 838-megawatt James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant on the southeast shore of Lake Ontario generates carbon-free electricity for more than 800,000 homes and businesses.

The site’s one boiling water reactor began commercial operation on July 28, 1975, and is licensed to operate until October 17, 2034.

R.E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant

R.E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant is located on 426 acres along the south shores of Lake Ontario in Ontario, N.Y., about 20 miles northeast of Rochester.

Ginna’s one-unit pressurized water reactor generates more than 580 megawatts of electricity and powers almost 500,000 homes.

The site maintains a certified environmental management system and a habitat for the Eastern Bluebird and other area wildlife.

LaSalle Unit 1 & Unit 2

LaSalle County Generating Station, located in rural LaSalle County in northern Illinois, is a two-unit nuclear generating facility capable of generating 1,140 net megawatts per unit. Together the units can produce enough power to support the electricity needs of over two million average American homes.

Its Units 1 and 2 began commercial operation in August 1982 and April 1984, respectively. Both of LaSalle’s units are boiling water reactors designed by General Electric. The units are cooled with water from a 2,058-acre man-made lake, which is also a popular fishery managed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Limerick Unit 1 & Unit 2

Limerick Generating Station, located in Limerick Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, is a two-unit nuclear generation facility capable of producing enough electricity for over 1 million homes. The plant site is punctuated by two natural-draft hyperbolic cooling towers, each 507 feet tall, which help cool the plant.

Limerick’s two boiling water reactors, designed by General Electric, are each capable of producing 1,143 net megawatts. Unit 1 began commercial operation in February 1986, with Unit 2 going on-line in January 1990.

Nine Mile Point

Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station is located north of Syracuse in Scriba, N.Y. and has two boiling water reactors capable of generating more than 1,900 megawatts of electricity.

Together the units produce enough power to support the electricity needs of more than 1 million homes.

Nine Mile Point keeps more than half of its 900 acres, much of which is environmentally rich wetlands, in its natural state, allowing vegetation and wildlife to thrive. Deer, fox, turkey, rabbit, and raccoon feed and reproduce in undisturbed habitats on the site. The plant is the first nuclear power facility in the U.S. to be certified for meeting the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) voluntary environmental management systems standard.

Oyster Creek

Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station, located in Lacey Township, near the New Jersey shore, began operations in 1969 as the first large-scale commercial nuclear power plant in the United States.

Its single boiling water reactor produces 650 net megawatts. General Public Utilities sold Oyster Creek in August 2000 to AmerGen, a joint venture of PECO and British Energy, of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Peach Bottom Unit 2 & Unit 3

Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, located on the west bank of the Conowingo Pond (Susquehanna River) in York County, Penn., is a 3-unit nuclear generating facility. Unit 1 was a 40-megawatt experimental High Temperature Helium-Cooled and Graphite-moderated reactor. During its seven-year life (1967-74), Unit 1 provided valuable technical and cost data to U.S. utilities for application to larger plants.

Units 2 and 3 are boiling water reactors capable of generating 1,093 megawatts each. Both units began commercial operation in 1974. Peach Bottom is co-owned by Exelon Nuclear, PSEG Power, LLC, Delmarva Power and Light Company and Atlantic City Electric Company. Exelon Nuclear operates Peach Bottom.

Quad Cities Unit 1 & Unit 2

Quad Cities Generating Station, located on the banks of the Mississippi River in the northwestern Illinois town of Cordova, is a dual-unit nuclear generating facility capable of producing 789 net megawatts per unit. Together the units can produce enough power to meets the electrical needs of nearly 1 million households.

Its Units 1 and 2 began commercial operation in February 1973 and March 1973, respectively. Both units are single-cycle forced-circulation boiling water reactors. The station is co-owned: ComEd is the license holder and owns 75% of the plant, and MidAmerican Energy Company owns the remaining 25%.

Three Mile Island Unit 1

Three Mile Island Unit 1 (TMI-1), located in Middletown, Pa., is a nuclear generating facility capable of producing 875 net megawatts. TMI-1 is a pressurized water reactor that, at full power, meets the electricity needs of a city the size of Philadelphia.