Ten units currently listed at zero power with nuclear refueling season

Along with the football season and candidate debates, an increase in nuclear refueling and maintenance outages are a sure sign that fall is here.

As of early Sept. 26, ten of the 100 active commercial reactors in the United States were listed at zero power by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Several had already acknowledged that they were doing planned outages.

FirstEnergy (NYSE:FE) announced that it had taken the 939-MW Beaver Valley Unit 1 in Pennsylvania offline on Sept. 24 for scheduled refueling and maintenance. Exelon (NYSE:EXC) also made a Sept. 26 announcement that it took the 1,150-MW Braidwood Unit 1in Illinois offline for the same purpose.

A spokesperson for the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) confirmed that the 790-MW Cooper nuclear plant in Nebraska was taken offline over the weekend for a planned outage. NPPD expects to have the facility back in service in early November.

Other units currently listed at zero power include:

  • Exelon’s Oyster Creek (600-MW) facility in New Jersey;
  • Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK) Catawba 2 (1,150 MW) in South Carolina;
  • Dominion (NYSE:D) North Anna 1 (950-MW) in Virginia;
  • The NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE) Saint Lucie Unit 1 in Florida;
  • Entergy (NYSE:ETR) Arkansas Nuclear One Unit 1 (850-MW) in Arkansas:
  • Entergy Grand Gulf 1 (1,250 MW) in Mississippi; and
  • the Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Wolf Creek plant in Kansas (1,200 MW).

In other nuclear generation news, Talen Energy (NYSE:TLN) said it will take the Susquehanna Unit 2 (1,200 MW) in Pennsylvania offline in the next few weeks to address turbine blade issues. Also the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has the Watts Bar 2 facility in Tennessee at 25% power after doing work to an electrical switchyard.

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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.