Exelon Oyster Creek back at 85% generation

The Exelon (NYSE:EXC) Oyster Creek nuclear plant in New Jersey has returned to 85% power generation based upon data from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

Exelon had taken the 630-MW (net) boiling water reactor (BWR) in Ocean County, New Jersey offline on Nov. 20 to address a fault in the turbine control system.

Oyster Creek resumed power generation around Nov. 24 and has been listed by NRC at 85% power for the last few days.

Oyster Creek returned from a planned refueling and maintenance outage in October. Oyster Creek’s final refueling outage is scheduled for 2018. Oyster Creek will cease operations in 2019. Exelon would have to install expensive cooling towers for compliance purposes in order to continuing operating Oyster Creek beyond that point.

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