Full Steam Ahead

Full Steam Ahead

Exelon’s county-based nuclear power facilities prove pandemic-proof By Lou Sorendo The only thing infectious at Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station in Scriba is top-end production. Despite COVID-19 and a lingering global pandemic that paralyzed the U.S. economy, Exelon Generation’s three nuclear facilities in Oswego County have been running at close to full capacity. The 900-acre station features two nuclear reactors along with the James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant. Exelon Generation shares ownership and is the sole operator of Units 1 and 2 as well as owner and operator of the Fitzpatrick nuclear facility. Susan Cole, senior site communications specialist for Exelon Generation, Nine Mile Point, said the company’s nuclear facilities are highly reliable, running at full power more than 95 percent of the time. “Through the pandemic, they have continued to deliver carbon-free electricity for New York state,” she said. This past summer, Exelon Generation’s four nuclear sites in the state record a near-perfect reliability rate, operating 98.9 percent of the time, one of many indicators that industry experts use to rate efficiency and performance, Cole noted. Exelon also owns and operates the R.E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant near Rochester. When the Oyster Creek power plant in New Jersey was

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