Basic Facts:

  • Location: Byron, Illinois
  • Owner: Exelon Corporation
  • Operator: Exelon Generation Co.
  • Construction Cost: $5.5B (2018$)
  • Plant Output: 2,300 MW (combined)
  • Property Size: 1,800 acres
  • Status: At Risk of Closure
  • Employees: 860
  • Expected Shut Down Date: Unit 1 (2044), Unit 2 (2046)
  • Current DTF Balance: $730M (2018$)
  • DTF Balance Prior to Decommissioning: $1.3B (2018$)
  • Decommissioning Cost Estimate: $1.0B (2018$)
  • Spent Nuclear Fuel on Site: 1,424 metric tons
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Background

The Byron Generating Station consists of two pressurized water reactors that together produce 2,300 MW of electricity. Plant construction began in 1975 and the NRC granted operating licenses for Unit 1 and Unit 2 in 1985 and 1987 respectively. In 2015, the NRC granted license renewals for Unit 1 (2044) and Unit 2 (2046).

Socioeconomics

The Byron Generating Station is located within Ogle County, Illinois. As of 2016:

  • Population: 520,000
  • Per Capita Annual Income: $42,000
  • Unemployment rate (not seasonally adjusted): 5.0%

The annual payroll at the Byron Generating Station is approximately $82M and in 2017 the plant contributed $33M in property tax payments.

Contact Information

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Unless specific costing information has been provided, decommissioning costs were derived from 2017 Decommissioning Funding Status Report.
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Additional Information

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