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Energy Information Center
At a Glance
- On a 2,100-acre site in Salem Township, Luzerne County, Pa.
- About seven miles northeast of Berwick, Pa.
- About 20 miles southwest of Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
- Down the hill from the plant and along the Susquehanna River is the Susquehanna Energy Information Center and PPL's Susquehanna Riverlands, a 1,200-acre nature preserve providing year-round outdoor recreation and environmental education opportunities.
- PPL Susquehanna LLC owns 90 percent of the plant and operates it; Allegheny Electric Cooperative Inc. owns 10 percent.
- PPL Susquehanna LLC is a subsidiary of PPL Generation LLC, which is a subsidiary of PPL Corporation. PPL Corporation, based in Allentown, Pa., controls or owns more than 19,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the United States; sells energy in key U.S. markets; and delivers electricity to customers in Pennsylvania and the United Kingdom.
- Allegheny Electric Cooperative, based in Harrisburg, Pa., provides power to member cooperatives in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Allegheny purchased 10 percent of the Susquehanna plant in 1977.
- The PPL Susquehanna plant Unit 1 reactor began commercial operation in 1983; Unit 2 in 1985.
- The plant has two boiling water reactors made by General Electric Co.
- Heat is produced by the splitting, or fissioning, of uranium (U235) atoms in the reactors, which makes steam that drives turbine-generators to produce electricity.
- The two units have a total net capacity of 2,501 megawatts. The plant safely and reliably generated a record 19,492,431 megawatt-hours in 2009.
- Two 540-foot cooling towers are used to cool the water used in the plant.
- During normal operation, about 1,130 full-time employees work at the plant in operations, maintenance, engineering and technical support positions and another 180 work in the Nuclear Department at PPL's Allentown headquarters.
- About 2,000 people work at the plant during refueling outages. Each unit is shut down for refueling every 24 months, during which time about one-third of the uranium fuel in the reactor is replaced and other planned maintenance and inspection tasks are completed.