Southeast Chicago Energy Project

Natural gas serves as a bridge to a clean energy future, giving off less than half of the carbon emissions of coal when burned

Southeast Chicago Energy Project is an eight-unit, 296-megawatt (MW), natural gas-fueled generation facility located in Chicago, Illinois. The facility is used as needed for peak energy demand periods and load balancing.

Southeast Chicago Energy Project was built as a joint effort between Constellation and PERC Power Generation, a unit of Peoples Energy Corporation, and was completed in 2002. Constellation now has 100% ownership of the plant.

The facility is a Level-1 Blackstart Facility, ​meaning that it can be restarted without outside power. In the event of a major power system failure, Southeast Chicago Energy Project will be used to re-energize the electric system and bring other regional power plants back online.

One of the first new gas-fired facilities sited within the city of Chicago, it was hailed as one of the cleanest, most modern, and most efficient power plants in the United States. The facility provides much needed peak generation to Chicago during periods of high electric demand in the summer and winter months. Each unit at Southeast Chicago is rated at 37 MW and runs on natural gas.

Constellation takes a safety-first approach in our culture and business practices. All Constellation generation facilities employ sophisticated emergency response plans to protect public health and safety. Plans are reviewed and approved by state governments and federal regulatory agencies. Emergency planning includes coordination with local and municipal officials, as well as thousands of volunteers and first responders.

To protect the safety and health of our employees, contractors, customers, and communities, we've implemented a number of initiatives to promote safe behaviors both on and off the job. These include a safety behavior observation program and focused initiatives on areas of high risk. We also offer safety training, which is integrated with leadership development programs for supervisors and managers, as well as new employee orientation. Finally, a safety peer group identifies successful pilot programs or new practices that can then be adopted by the entire organization.

Constellation’s power plants pay local real estate taxes every year to support county and township government, area schools, libraries, park districts, and other public services where our plants are located.

Constellation takes a safety-first approach in our culture and business practices. All Constellation generation facilities employ sophisticated emergency response plans to protect public health and safety. Plans are reviewed and approved by state governments and federal regulatory agencies. Emergency planning includes coordination with local and municipal officials, as well as thousands of volunteers and first responders.

To protect the safety and health of our employees, contractors, customers, and communities, we've implemented a number of initiatives to promote safe behaviors both on and off the job. These include a safety behavior observation program and focused initiatives on areas of high risk. We also offer safety training, which is integrated with leadership development programs for supervisors and managers, as well as new employee orientation. Finally, a safety peer group identifies successful pilot programs or new practices that can then be adopted by the entire organization.

Constellation’s power plants pay local real estate taxes every year to support county and township government, area schools, libraries, park districts, and other public services where our plants are located.

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Chicago, Illinois 60617

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