Berwick, Pa., January 6, 2009 — For the second year in a row, PPL’s Susquehanna nuclear power plant in Luzerne County, Pa., has set a plant record for the amount of electricity generated.
The plant safely and reliably generated 19,492,431 MWh in 2009, beating the previous record of 19,046,288 MWh set in 2008. The electricity generated by the Susquehanna plant in 2009 is enough to power about 2 million typical homes.
Unit 1 at the plant also set its own generation record in 2009, producing 10,488,428 MWh and beating its previous record of 9,463,272 MWh set in 2007.
The Unit 2 reactor at Susquehanna ended a PPL-record 723 days of continuous operation when it shut down for refueling and maintenance in April. Only one other U.S. nuclear power plant has ever generated electricity for more consecutive days.
The Unit 1 reactor, which generated electricity continuously throughout 2009, has been operating for more than 500 days since its last refueling and maintenance outage in 2008.
Other milestones reached at the plant in 2009 include the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s approval of a 20-year extension of the operating licenses for both reactors. The license for Unit 1 has been extended to 2042; the license for Unit 2 has been extended to 2044.
Also, further upgrades to Unit 2 were completed in 2009 as part of a four-year project to increase the amount of electricity the Susquehanna plant can generate.
The Susquehanna plant, located in Luzerne County about seven miles north of Berwick, is owned jointly by PPL Susquehanna LLC and Allegheny Electric Cooperative Inc. and is operated by PPL Susquehanna.
PPL Susquehanna is one of PPL Corp.’s generating facilities. Headquartered in Allentown, Pa., PPL Corp. controls or owns nearly 12,000 MW of generating capacity in the United States, and delivers electricity to about 4 million customers in Pennsylvania and the United Kingdom.