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