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Braidwood Nuclear Generating Station is nuclear power plant located in Will County in northeastern Illinois, USA. The nuclear power plant serves Chicago and northern Illinois with electricity. The plant was originally built by Commonwealth Edison company, and subsequently transferred to Com Ed's parent company, Exelon Corporation.
Braidwood Nuclear Generating Station has two Westinghouse pressurized water reactors. Unit #1 came online in July 1987. Unit #2 came online in May 1988. The units are licensed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to operate until 2026 and 2027.
The recent power uprates at Braidwood make it the largest nuclear plant in the state, generating a net total of 2,242 megawatts. However the three largest Illinois nuclear power plants are nearly equal in generating capability as LaSalle County Nuclear Generating Station is only 2 MW less in capacity than Braidwood and Byron Nuclear Generating Station is only 4 MW less than LaSalle.
|Braidwood Generating Station|
|Locale||Will County, Illinois|
|Commission date||Unit 1: July 29, 1988 |
Unit 2: October 17, 1988
|Licence expiration||Unit 1: October 17, 2026 |
Unit 2: December 18, 2027
|Construction cost||US$5.2 billion|
|Architect(s)||Sargent & Lundy|
|Reactors operational||2,330 MW |
|Reactor type(s)||Pressurized water reactor|
|Power generation information|
|Annual generation||19,658 GW·h|