CLINTON — The Clinton nuclear power station automatically shut down at 8 a.m. today, after the main generator tripped off line, according to an Exelon Corp. press release.
The plant's employees responded safely and without incident, the Chicago-based company said.
The main generator is the machine that produces electricity at the station and is on the non-nuclear side of the plant, the release said.
Clinton operators are investigating the cause of the shutdown, the company said.
The Clinton Power Station is located approximately 6 miles east of Clinton in DeWitt County. The plant produces 1,078 megawatts, enough electricity for about 1 million homes, according to the release.