Basic Facts:

  • Location: Braceville, Illinois
  • Owner: Exelon Corporation
  • Operator: Exelon Corporation
  • Construction Cost: $5.6B (2018$)
  • Plant Output: 2,400 MW (combined)
  • Property Size: 4,500 acres
  • Status: At Risk of Closure
  • Employees: 830
  • Expected Shut Down Date: Unit 1 (2046), Unit 2 (2047)
  • Current DTF Balance: $700M (2018$)
  • DTF Balance Prior to Decommissioning: $1.3B (2018$)
  • Decommissioning Cost Estimate: $1.0B (2018$)
  • Spent Nuclear Fuel on Site: 1,345 metric tons
Braidwood 1 & 2 photo

Background

The Braidwood Generating Station consists of two pressurized water reactors. Construction began in 1975 (Units 1 & 2) with licensed operations commencing in 1988.

In 2016, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission granted an additional twenty-year license renewal for both reactors, extending their licensed operational life to 2046 (Unit 1) and 2047 (Unit 2).

Socioeconomics

The Braidwood Generating Station is located within Will County, Illinois. As of 2016, socioeconomic information is as follows:

  • Population: 693,000
  • Per Capita Annual Income: $48,000
  • Unemployment rate (not seasonally adjusted): 3.8%

The annual payroll at the Braidwood Generating Station is approximately $80M and in 2017 the plant contributed $26M in property tax payments.

Contact Information

Economic Development Administration Representative:

Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Unless specific costing information has been provided, decommissioning costs were derived from 2017 Decommissioning Funding Status Report.
Information herein obtained from public sources. Corrections are welcome and may be directed to [email protected].

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