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Dollars Paid in Taxes Annually

Economic Impact


Byron provides our friends, families, and neighbors with 727 direct and hundreds of additional indirect jobs.

Local Taxes

Byron Station pays about $38 million annually in property taxes to fund eleven different taxing districts.

Community contributions

Thousands of dollars in station and employee contributions go to local civic and charitable organizations annually.

Customers Served

Approximately 2 million homes are served with carbon free energy by Byron Station, generating more than 2,500 megawatts of zero-emmisions power.

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The Byron Nuclear Plant has been a cornerstone of the Ogle County economy for decades. Families throughout the region count on these good jobs. We will not let this go without a fight!

- Tom Demmer

Illinois State Representative

What Local Leaders Are Saying

Buster Barton

Buster Barton

Superintendent Byron Community School District #226

Byron Station’s presence in our community has not only helped provide opportunities for our Byron CUSD students that otherwise wouldn’t have existed; it has also provided resources for students who attend Oregon CUSD, Rock Valley Community College, and Kishwaukee Community College.

Tom Demmer

Tom Demmer

Illinois State Representative - District 90

I am deeply disappointed with today’s announcement that Exelon intends to close the Byron Nuclear Plant in September 2021. The plant is home to hundreds of good-paying jobs and contributes millions of dollars in property taxes to fund schools, public safety, and local government.

Brian Stewart

Brian Stewart

Illinois State Senator - 45th District

State leaders must never underestimate the value of the Byron Nuclear Generating Station to the residents of Byron and surrounding communities in Ogle and Winnebago counties.

Adam Kinzinger

Adam Kinzinger

U.S. Congressman - 16th District of Illinois

Today’s announcement to close both the Byron and Dresden power plants is a gut-punch to the people of Illinois, especially to the counties that surround these generating stations.

Andrew Chesney

Andrew Chesney

Illinois State Representative - District 89

The Byron Nuclear Generating Plant is important to our region, important to our property tax base and critical for the high-paying jobs it provides for Northwest Illinois.

John Rickard

John Rickard

City of Byron Mayor

On behalf of the citizens of Byron, IL. I want to urge the Senators and Representatives of our legislature to do all they can to help keep the Byron Generating Station open.

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Legislators Tour Byron Nuclear Plant

Legislators Tour Byron Nuclear Plant

A note from Rep. Tom Demmer: Last week I joined my colleagues State Senators Brian Stewart (Freeport) and Sue Rezin (Morris), and State Representatives Andrew Chesney (Freeport) and Jeff Keicher (Sycamore), along with International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers...

Statement From City of Byron Mayor John Rickard

On behalf of the citizens of Byron, IL. I want to urge the Senators and Representatives of our legislature to do all they can to help keep the Byron Generating Station open. Since 1985, the Byron Station has provided well-paying direct jobs, currently over...

Illinois community forms panel to stop nuclear plant closure

A local panel was recently formed in an Illinois community in hopes of preventing a nuclear energy company from closing its plant. Byron Station Response Committee plans to develop a “collaborative, broad-based response” to Exelon’s announcement of its intent to close...

Byron Nuclear Plant to close in Sept. 2021, Exelon says

The Byron Nuclear Plant will be closing in Sept. 2021, Exelon Generation announced in a press release today. The plant has around 700 regular employees. It was licensed to operate for another 20 years. The decision to close it has been “in the works for some time,”...

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