U.S. nuclear fleet recorded capacity factor of almost 95% in February

The nuclear power fleet in the United States recorded an average estimated capacity factor of 94.8% in February, which is down from the 95.8% capacity factor compared to February 2015.

That’s according to monthly data recently release by the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI).

Eighty-four reactors had a 90% or higher capacity factor in February. Estimated U.S. nuclear generation in February 2016 was 65.4 billion kWh, compared to 63.5 billion kWh in February 2015.

The Exelon (NYSE:EXC) Calvert Cliffs Unit 1 facility in Maryland completed a 25-day refueling outage during March, NEI notes in its monthly update. In addition, the Southern (NYSE:SO) Hatch Unit 1 in Georgia completed a 26-day refueling outage during the first week of March. The Exelon LaSalle Unit 1 facility in Illinois completed a 23-day refueling outage in early March.


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