13 of nation’s 100 nuclear units currently offline

Data from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) indicates that 13 of the nation’s 100 reactor power units are currently are at zero power generation as of early April 11.

The figure includes the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Watts Bar 2 nuclear facility which has both received its NRC operating license and has loaded fuel. The facility in Tennessee is expected to start commercial operation by the end of June, according to recent information form TVA.

Many of the other reactors are taking advantage of the spring shoulder season to carry out regularly-scheduled refueling and maintenance outages.

In addition to Watts Bar 2, here is a rundown of the other units currently at zero power (refueling outage start date included where that was available via NRC or the company):

  • Entergy (NYSE:ETR) Indian Point 2 in New York (started refueling outage on March 7);
  • Exelon (NYSE:EXC) Limerick 1 in Pennsylvania (started outage in mid-March);
  • Dominion (NYSE:D) Millstone 3 in Connecticut (the company said it started refueling outage late April 9);
  • Exelon-operated Nine Mile Point 2 in New York;
  • Talen Energy (NYSE:TLN) Susquehanna 1 in Pennsylvania (started refueling outage March 12)
  • Southern Farley 2 in Alabama;
  • Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK) McGuire 1 in North Carolina;
  • NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE) Turkey Point 4 in Florida;
  • American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP) D.C. Cook in Michigan (started outage around March 22);
  • FirstEnergy Davis-Besse facility in Ohio (began outage about March 26);
  • Ameren (NYSE:AEE) Callaway facility in Missouri;
  • Pinnacle West Capital (NYSE:PNW) Palo Verde 1is also offline.


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Wayne Barber, Chief Analyst for the GenerationHub, has been covering power generation, energy and natural resources issues at national publications for more than 20 years. Prior to joining PennWell he was editor of Generation Markets Week at SNL Financial for nine years. He has also worked as a business journalist at both McGraw-Hill and Financial Times Energy. Wayne also worked as a newspaper reporter for several years. During his career has visited nuclear reactors and coal mines as well as coal and natural gas power plants. Wayne can be reached at wayneb@pennwell.com.