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Nuclear update: Total output rises above 90% ahead of weekend outages

TotalU.S. nuclear plant availability returned to the 90% level early Sept. 23 at90.30%, up from 89.73% on Sept. 22 and also holding above the 88.15% reportedon the same day a year ago.

Supportingthe increase in total U.S. production was the return of 's PaloVerde 3 in Arizona. The unit was warming up at 12% early Sept. 23 after beingtaken offline onSept. 19.

Inaddition, FirstEnergyCorp.'s Davis-Besse plant in Ohio saw output rise from 19% on Sept.22 to 89% early Sept. 23, and NextEra Energy Inc.'s Duane Arnold Energy Center in Iowawas pegged at 93% early Sept. 23, increasing from 76% on Sept. 22.

Conversely,FirstEnergy's Beaver Valley 1 in Pennsylvania saw production curtailed from 80%on Sept. 22 to 69% early Sept. 23. Output at Xcel Energy Inc.'s Prairie Island 2 in Minnesota tumbledto 88% early Sept. 23, down from 100% the day prior.

Lookingahead, private sources indicate that a number of plants are scheduled to shutin the coming days for refueling outages.

Thepower plants that could go offline include unit 1 at 's Arkansas Nuclear Onein Arkansas, FirstEnergy's Beaver Valley 1 in Pennsylvania and two reactors inNebraska: Omaha Public PowerDistrict's Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station and 'sCooper Nuclear Station.

Powerproduction levels and impending outage dates are current at the time ofpublication and are subject to change. For details of U.S. nuclear power plantoperations, visit our NuclearStatus and Outage Report.