PSEG Nuclear's Hope Creek Generating Station Begins Planned Refueling and Maintenance Outage Supporting South Jersey Jobs and Affordable Clean Energy
Hope Creek is one of three nuclear units operated by PSEG Nuclear in Salem County, New Jersey. Hope Creek is a single-unit boiling water reactor with a net generation of 1,185 megawatts, providing electricity for a million homes.
The Hope Creek and Salem generating site is the backbone of New Jersey's electric system, providing our region with reliable, clean and affordable energy. The plants produce approximately 40% of the state's electricity and more than 90% of its carbon-free energy.
While the plant is offline, employees will replace a portion of the reactor's fuel rods and perform thousands of inspections and maintenance activities.
To accomplish these tasks, approximately 1,000 trade workers — representing more than a dozen unions — are supplementing PSEG's 1,600 PSEG employees.
"The PSEG Nuclear team values continuous learning. This philosophy has allowed us to achieve operational excellence across our fleet, and we are bringing that same approach to the Hope Creek refueling outage," said PSEG Nuclear President and Chief Nuclear Officer Eric Carr. "Our PSEG Nuclear team, alongside hundreds of contractors and craftspeople, are now working together to complete the planned outage, which is essential to the continuing flow of affordable, reliable, carbon-free electricity that our area needs to run everything from your home computer to the equipment in hospital intensive care units."
In addition to their essential contribution to the outage work, the contractors and craftspeople make a significant, positive impact on the regional economy. While in the Salem County area, these workers live and shop locally, significantly boosting the local economy.
Christina Renna, President & CEO of the Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey: "Without question, nuclear energy is an affordable clean energy resource for New Jersey. But equally important, the industry is a major job creator and crucial to the economic engine of our region. These planned outages are a bi-annual reminder of the economic impact the plants have, supplying jobs and increased economic activity, while providing approximately 40 percent of the electric generation in the state."
Daniel Cosner, Business Manager of IBEW Local 351 and President of the Southern New Jersey Construction and Building Trades Council: "Nuclear energy plays a vital role in meeting New Jersey's electricity needs, protecting the environment, and preserving fuel diversity. Our state's nuclear plants are responsible for $1.2 billion in economic activity yearly and are an important source of steady, good-paying jobs — including hundreds of workers who belong to labor unions like the IBEW." "Proud to be part of supporting New Jersey's largest-scale of clean power generation and large-scale economic engine right here in South Jersey."
Bill Mullen, president of the New Jersey Building & Construction Trades Council: "I'm proud of our organization's 150,000 members and the role we play in providing clean, safe and reliable electricity for millions of New Jersey homes and businesses. Nuclear energy creates jobs and opportunities for local businesses and contributes millions of dollars per year in state and local taxes. New Jersey Building Trades workforce is rightfully proud of its contributions to the state's green economy and its clean energy efforts."
Scott Campell, President and Business Manager, IBEW LU 94: "Together, the Salem and Hope Creek nuclear plants provide a livelihood for 1,600 direct employees. Hundreds of these jobs belong to union men and women, who serve in critical roles at the plant. Nuclear energy is an economic workhorse for Salem County and the entire state of New Jersey. And its benefits don't stop there. Nuclear also is important for clean air, for a healthy climate, and for the state's reliable, affordable electricity supply — and our members are proud of the role they play in providing these benefits."
Doug True, Chief Nuclear Officer and SVP of Generation and Suppliers at the Nuclear Energy Institute: "In today's changing energy field, reliable nuclear power remains our largest single source of carbon free energy nationwide and is available 24/7 powering our communities into a clean energy future. New Jersey has been among the leaders in valuing the many economic, environmental and consumer benefits that nuclear generation brings to a regional grid and state. We at NEI applaud PSEG's attention to continuous improvement from an operational effectiveness standpoint, for putting safety first and providing affordable clean energy to the Garden State."
Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) (NYSE: PEG) is a predominantly regulated infrastructure company focused on a clean energy future. Guided by its Powering Progress vision, PSEG aims to power a future where people use less energy, and it’s cleaner, safer and delivered more reliably than ever. PSEG’s commitment to ESG and sustainability is demonstrated in our net-zero 2030 climate vision, our pursuit of science-based emissions reductions targets and participation in the U.N. Race to Zero, as well as our inclusion on the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index, the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index and the list of America’s most JUST Companies. PSEG's businesses include Public Service Electric and Gas Co. (PSE&G), PSEG Power and PSEG Long Island. (https://corporate.pseg.com).