Exelon Generation has geared up for the peak of winter by refueling its Illinois nuclear facilities and performing winter readiness activities, according to a company press release.
Exelon said it has spent months preparing for the demand in power as the winter months reach their peak. The company performed checks on backup generators and freeze-protection systems and tested all of its electrical equipment, according to the release. The company also prepared its facilities for sub-zero temperatures, heavy snowfall and icy conditions and made equipment upgrades during refueling outages, the release said.
“We prepare for winter all year long,” Exelon chief nuclear officer Bryan Hanson said in the release. “We executed our 2017 refueling outages flawlessly and successfully completed a host of ‘winter readiness’ maintenance activities to keep our fleet of nuclear power facilities online when they are needed most.”
The company also marked what it says was one of its top outage performance seasons this past summer.
According to Exelon, its fleet of 11 reactors at six Illinois locations are operating at over 93.5 percent. That percentage, known as capacity factor, is an industry performance indicator, and no other large-scale carbon-free power source shows this level of reliability, according to the release.
Exelon is among the largest clean energy producers in the United States and operates the biggest fleet of carbon-free nuclear plants in the U.S., with 23 reactors at 14 facilities in Illinois, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New York.