99 of 100 domestic nuclear units currently generating power

Daily statistics from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) show that only one of the nation’s active nuclear units were offline early Aug. 8.

The NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE) Florida Power & Light (FPL) St. Lucie 1 reactor in Florida continues to be listed at zero power by NRC. The unit has been offline since about Aug. 1, according to NRC data.

At that time, a small “pressure boundary leakage” was detected at Unit 1, according to a report filed with NRC.

“St. Lucie safely removed Unit 1 from service to perform repairs,” an FPL spokesperson said in an email to GenerationHub. “Unit 1 will be safely returned to service when the repair is complete. Unit 2 was unaffected by this repair and continues to operate at full power,” the spokesperson said.

St. Lucie Unit 1 is an almost 1,000 MW pressurized water reactor (PWR) located in St. Lucie County, Florida. It is part of a two-reactor station operated by FPL.

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