August 17, 2010 (BRAIDWOOD, Ill.) --
Two reactors that shut down unexpectedly about a week ago at a southwest suburban nuclear plant have been brought back online.Exelon's Braidwood Unit 2 was placed back in service at 6:13 p.m. Sunday, meaning both units at the Braidwood station are online and making electricity for customers, according to Exelon. Unit 2 automatically shut down Monday, Aug. 16 due to an electrical glitch.
Braidwood Unit 1 was placed back in service at 3:57 a.m. Saturday. The unit also automatically shut down August 16 after water came in contact with an electrical bus causing the system to power down, Exelon said.
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 homes. The plant is located 60 miles southwest of Chicago.