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Clinton Power Plant puts winter readiness plan into action

The Clinton power plant is working to make sure the plant stays operational with their winter readiness plan. (WRSP/WICS)

The Clinton power plant is working to make sure the plant stays operational with their winter readiness plan.

Officials say having a plan is important to be prepared to make sure enough energy is provided to heat homes in the area, especially in the bitter cold.

Most of nuclear plants in Illinois run at 90 percent capacity which can lead to some fuel outages, but they always plan for these incidents.

"We always do have enough fuel on site to go anywhere from 18 to 24 months of fuel on site," Nuclear Site Communicator Gabe Goldsmith said. "That way we're not faced with these problems of inclement weather reducing our shipping incoming, that way we're able to keep producing power and keep the lights on forever on."

The Clinton power plant provides energy for about 3 million households.

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