Week ends with another high, 47%, for TVA Watts Bar 2

Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) data showed the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Watts Bar 2 nuclear unit at 47% power early July 8.

It’s the latest indicator of TVA ramping up the power level at the reactor that was synced to the grid on June 3. The 47% mark came only a couple of days after the nuclear unit had been listed at 41%, according to the NRC data.

TVA operators continue to gradually increase power generation at the roughly 1,150-MW pressurized water reactor (PWR) facility in Spring City, Tennessee.

Plant operators are still testing things out and have taken Watts Bar 2 back down to zero power generation several times since June 3. Eventually, as testing continues, TVA will increase power generation to 100%.

The commercialization of the TVA Watts Bar 2 facility – which sat unfinished for more than 20 years before the TVA board voted to complete the project in 2007 – has been a rare bit of good news for the nuclear industry this year.

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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.