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Generating station near Chicago had to revamp planning for job involving hundreds of extra workers; ‘no fun sitting in the dark’
BRACEVILLE, Ill.—The coronavirus pandemic has put much of life and business on hold, but some things can’t wait—such as refuelings at a nuclear-power plant.
It is a mammoth undertaking involving thousands of maintenance jobs and an influx of hundreds of workers over a few weeks—all tightly choreographed and within the confines of a single plant. In other words, a potential breeding ground for a pandemic.
By The Editorial Board
Hint: It’s not Washington
With time running out on the legislative session in Albany, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the State Senate and the Assembly should set aside their differences and find common ground on a climate bill that would greatly reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. This would be enormously beneficial to the country and to the planet, and would ensure that, as the federal government slides backward, New York remains in the forefront of increasingly aggressive efforts by state governments to address the dangers of global warming.
VANCOUVER – With nuclear power facing an uncertain future in many countries, the world risks a steep decline in its use in advanced economies that could result in billions of tonnes of additional carbon emissions, according to a new report by the International Energy Agency.
Exelon Joins Group of Supporters Backing Legislation to Achieve 100 Percent Clean Energy in Northern Illinois
Environmental, community and business leaders join in support of House bill responding to new federal regulations that would prevent existing state clean energy programs from working as intended to support climate goals.
CHICAGO — Exelon today joined environmental organizations, community leaders, business groups and lawmakers in supporting legislation that will preserve and expand clean energy in Illinois, put the state on track to achieve 100 percent carbon-free power for customers in northern Illinois and meet statewide commitments under the U.S. Climate Alliance. The legislation also guarantees that customers will save money on their energy bills starting in the first year of implementation.
Introduced by state Rep. Larry Walsh Jr. (D-Joliet), the Clean Energy Progress Act addresses new federal regulations that interfere with existing state clean energy programs that were intended to support solar, wind, nuclear and other clean energy resources.
Among other provisions, the legislation will protect the progress achieved under the 2016 Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA), which laid a path for Illinois to lead the nation in clean energy through the preservation of zero-carbon nuclear power and the advancement of renewable energy. The bipartisan FEJA passed with support from more than 200 business, labor, environmental, faith-based and other groups and has worked to advance the state's climate goals and grow clean-energy jobs while keeping energy costs stable for customers.
More than 1,000 additional workers hired for the outage, powering the community with jobs and clean energy
MARSEILLES, Ill. —Operators at Exelon Generation's LaSalle County Nuclear Station removed the generator from service early this morning to begin a planned refueling outage. Work completed during the outage will help deliver reliable, carbon-free electricity to Illinois customers during the next two-year operating cycle.
To support the work, the station will use the talents and expertise of more than 1,000 additional workers, many of whom travel to LaSalle County from outside the area. For several months preceding and following the outage, the influx of workers provides a significant boost to the local economy.
Despite record cold, all six Exelon Generation Illinois nuclear plants provided around-the-clock, carbon-free electricity for 11 million homes and businesses
WARRENVILLE, Ill. — While arctic winds sent temperatures plunging dangerously and electricity demand soaring this week, Exelon Generation's six Illinois nuclear plants operated at full power, producing enough carbon-free electricity to keep 11 million homes, businesses, schools and hospitals safe and warm.