Another day, another power generation high for Watts Bar 2

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Watts Bar 2 nuclear unit continues to creep slightly closer to full power production, as the facility hit 74% generation early July 26, according to figures from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

That’s several percentage points higher than the pressurized water reactor (PWR) in Spring City, Tennessee, had attained on the prior day.

Watts Bar 2 was officially synched to the grid on June 3. Since then, the facility has been undergoing final testing, producing electricity at incremental levels of power.

The new reactor is designed to add 1,150 MW of electricity generating capacity to southeastern Tennessee. TVA President and CEO Bill Johnson can be expected to discuss Watts Bar 2 during the federal utility’s quarterly conference call on Aug. 2.

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