St. Lucie 2 nuclear unit resumes generating power in Florida

The NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE) utility Florida Power and Light (FPL) has returned St. Lucie unit 2 to commercial power operation following Hurricane Matthew.

The St. Lucie 2 nuclear unit was listed at 45% power early Oct. 14, according to data from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

Unit 2 had been taken offline prior to Hurricane Matthew and was still listed at zero power as recently as Oct. 13. St. Lucie Unit 1 was already offline for a planned refueling and maintenance outage, which evidently is continuing.

FPL announced Oct. 13 that it had restored service to all customers in its service territory affected by the hurricane.

St. Lucie is a dual-unit pressurized water reactor (PWR) station in Jensen Beach, Florida. It has a generating capacity of about 2,000 MW, when both units are at full power.

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