Braidwood Generating Station

Nuclear: An Ideal Foundation for Our Clean Energy Future

Braidwood Generating Station's two nuclear reactors can produce up to 2,386 megawatts (MW) of clean, carbon-free energy, enough electricity to power two million homes. The facility is built on a 4,457-acre site in Braceville, Illinois, and its cooling lake was formed from scarred farming land and an old strip mine.


 

U.S. nuclear energy facilities are initially licensed to operate for 40 years and a Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) rule allows licensees to apply for extensions of up to 20 years after the initial 40-year term. Constellation submitted a license renewal application for this facility to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), which was approved on January 27, 2016. With license renewal complete, Braidwood Generating Station Unit 1 is licensed through 2046, and Unit 2 is licensed through 2047.

Safety is Constellation’s first and most critical obligation. Nuclear power plants are among the best-protected private sector facilities in America, with monitoring and inspections by plant owners, local officials, and the federal government.

Learn more about the measures that we take to keep our employees, customers, and communities safe.

Emergency Planning for Braidwood Generating Station

Constellation has been been part of the Illinois communities in Will, Grundy and Kankakee counties for three decades. We provide hundreds of well-paying jobs and millions of dollars in economic support, including about $26.5 million in taxes annually for schools, roads and other public services. Braidwood employees also host Fishing for a Cure, an annual sport-fishing event that has raised more than $700,000 to support local charities and non-profits since 2002.

U.S. nuclear energy facilities are initially licensed to operate for 40 years and a Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) rule allows licensees to apply for extensions of up to 20 years after the initial 40-year term. Constellation submitted a license renewal application for this facility to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), which was approved on January 27, 2016. With license renewal complete, Braidwood Generating Station Unit 1 is licensed through 2046, and Unit 2 is licensed through 2047.

Safety is Constellation’s first and most critical obligation. Nuclear power plants are among the best-protected private sector facilities in America, with monitoring and inspections by plant owners, local officials, and the federal government.

Learn more about the measures that we take to keep our employees, customers, and communities safe.

Emergency Planning for Braidwood Generating Station

Constellation has been been part of the Illinois communities in Will, Grundy and Kankakee counties for three decades. We provide hundreds of well-paying jobs and millions of dollars in economic support, including about $26.5 million in taxes annually for schools, roads and other public services. Braidwood employees also host Fishing for a Cure, an annual sport-fishing event that has raised more than $700,000 to support local charities and non-profits since 2002.