Amid summer heat, most nuclear units are running hard

With the July weather turning steamy in much of the country, the vast majority of nuclear power units in the United States appear to be running hard.

Only two of the nation’s 100 commercial nuclear reactors were listed at zero power generation early July 18, according to data from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

Only the Entergy (NYSE:ETR) Grand Gulf unit in Mississippi and the Public Service Enterprise Group (NYSE:PEG) Salem 1 in New Jersey were listed at zero power early July 18.

Most of the 100 units were running at or near 100% power. The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), which is still testing out the Watts Bar 2 facility, had that unit at 14% power early July 18.

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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.