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Braidwood Station replacing main transformers

Plant’s planned refueling, maintenance outage started Monday

Published: Monday, Oct. 15, 2012 4:44 p.m. CDT

BRACEVILLE, IIl. — Two main power transformers will be replaced during Braidwood Station’s 16th refueling outage that began Monday, Oct. 15.

The transformers will be replaced as part of the station’s long-term equipment reliability plan. This is a proactive approach to replace major equipment before it reaches the end of its service life.

Transformers raise the voltage of the electricity that is generated before it is sent to the electrical grid.

Along with the transformer replacement, employees and supplemental workers will complete more than 13,000 tasks during the outage. This work includes performing maintenance activities and upgrading plant equipment.

During every refueling outage, workers also inspect safety-related equipment that may be needed during a seismic event.

“The replacement of the main power transformers will help ensure safe, reliable and efficient operation of Unit 2 for years to come,” Braidwood Site Vice President Dan Enright said.

Braidwood Generating Station is approximately 60 miles southwest of Chicago. The station’s two nuclear energy units can produce a total of more than 2,300 megawatts at full power – enough electricity to power more than 2 million typical homes.

Exelon Corporation (NYSE:EXC) is the nation’s leading competitive energy provider, with approximately $33 billion in annual revenues.

Headquartered in Chicago, Exelon has operations and business activities in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Exelon is the largest competitive U.S. power generator, with approximately 35,000 megawatts of owned capacity comprising one of the nation’s cleanest and lowest-cost power generation fleets.

The company’s Constellation business unit provides energy products and services to approximately 100,000 business and public sector customers and approximately 1 million residential customers.

Exelon’s utilities deliver electricity and natural gas to approximately 6.6 million customers in central Maryland (BGE), northern Illinois (ComEd) and southeastern Pennsylvania (PECO). Learn more at www.exeloncorp.com.

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