Operators recently removed Exelon Generation’s R.E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant from service to start the station’s planned refueling outage.
The shutdown ended a 18-month operating cycle. The plant is located on 426 acres along Lake Ontario in Ontario.
Ginna’s refueling outage is an economic contributor to the region. Approximately 700 additional workers travel to Wayne County, filling hotels, restaurants and shops for several weeks.
“The extra workers in town for the outage give our local businesses an added boost,” said Donna Burolla, president of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. “Businesses welcome the additional workers, who increase traffic in restaurants and shops at a time of the year that can often be slow.”
Many activities performed during the outage only can be accomplished when the plant is offline. Exelon employees and supplemental workers will perform maintenance activities and replace nearly one-third of the reactor’s fuel to keep the unit running safely and efficiently.
“We are proud to produce carbon-free electricity for our region,” said Bill Carsky, site vice president. “During refueling outages, we make considerable investments in state-of-the art equipment and modern technologies to ensure reliable operations for years to come.”
Ginna’s 580 megawatts of electricity powers more than 500,000 homes and businesses with no greenhouse gas emissions. Its power offsets more than 2 million tons of carbon dioxide annually, the equivalent of taking almost 400,000 cars off the road for one year.