Byron nuclear plant

Exelon Amping Up Threat To Close Nukes

May 6, 2015

The company says it's not a bailout and instead argues it’s trying to level the playing field.  Illinois already gives some incentives for renewable sources, like energy and wind.

Supporters of Exelon's measure, like Democratic Representative Larry Walsh Junior of Joliet,  say nuclear power deserves that push.

"Nuclear energy plants provide Illinois with a reliable, carbon-free solution for their energy needs. And we need to do all we can to preserve these plants."


A spokesman for Exelon's Byron station confirms there are economic pressures on the Byron, Clinton and Quad Cities facilities. The spokesman tells WNIJ that Exelon sent lawmakers information in the hopes they gain a better understanding of the value of these nuclear facilities to the state economy and the impact of closing at-risk facilities early.

Exelon Corporation

Exelon has filed license renewal applications with the Nuclear Regulatory Committee for its Braidwood and Byron Generating Stations.

The application filing begins a multiyear review by the NRC to extend the stations’ licenses to operate for another two decades.

Byron Unit 1 is licensed to operate until 2024 and Unit 2 until 2026. The plants generated a combined 37 million megawatt hours of electricity in 2012, enough to power more than four million homes.

Nuclear Plant Upgrades

Mar 20, 2012


Exelon Energy says it has finished upgrading equipment at a northern Illinois nuclear plant.