Byron nuclear plant could close in three years, two decades earlier than its planned retirement via RRStar.com

By Georgette Braun

BYRON — Exelon’s Byron nuclear generating station could close as early as mid-2022 because of financial risk, some two decades earlier than its planned retirement.

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Paul Dempsey, communications specialist for the Byron station, said the Byron plant’s prices were too high for a transmission company to pay in an August bidding process, and that market flaws that don’t recognize the plant’s carbon-free emission capabilities are partly to blame. He said Exelon is working at the state, regional and federal levels to emphasize the “benefits of nuclear energy.”

The Byron towers, which opened in 1985 and 1987, took 12 years to build and cost $4.5 billion. The plant employs about 800 people.

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