Last week’s extreme winter weather dropped more than 2 feet of snow in some parts of the northeast. Exelon reported that seven plants in New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Pennsylvania operated without interruption throughout the storm, producing 10,832 megawatts of electricity per hour, enough to power more than ten million homes and businesses.
“In extreme weather, nuclear plants have a distinct advantage over other generation sources,” said Bryan Hanson, Exelon Nuclear president and chief nuclear officer. “Importing fuel can be challenging or even impossible in dangerous weather conditions. Our nuclear plants have the necessary fuel on site and are designed to withstand winter’s worst.”
Exelon Generation operates the largest fleet of nuclear plants in the nation. The fleet consists of 23 reactors at 14 locations in Illinois, Maryland, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Of the 23 reactors, 22 operated at 100% and 1 operated at 88%.