By Editors of Power Engineering
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) yesterday approved LaSalle County Generating Station’s license renewal application. Units 1 and 2 of Exelon’s Illinois nuclear plant were approved to operate until 2042 and 2043, respectively.
LaSalle County Generating Station generates more than 2,300 MW of electricity, enough for more than 2 million homes. Over the last five years LaSalle Station has operated at 93 percent capacity.
Exelon’s six nuclear stations produce 50 percent of Illinois’ power and more than 90 percent of the state’s carbon-free power. Two of the company’s nuclear facilities, Clinton and Quad Cities, are financially challenged and scheduled for closure.