Totalnuclear power plant availability across the U.S. took a step higher to end themonth of September but with three additional units scheduled to begin refuelingoutages in the first days of October.
Totalplant availability early Sept. 30 was pegged at 88.01%, up from 87.91% on Sept.29 and above the 86.56% reported for the same day last year.
Thebiggest day-on-day change for any nuclear plant across the country was seen atFirstEnergy Corp.'sPerry plant in Ohio, which saw output rise from 80% on Sept. 29 to 89% on Sept.30.
Butwhile total output bumped higher, private sources indicate that three units arescheduled to shut for routine refueling and maintenance by the start of thenext workweek. Upcoming outages include Tennessee Valley Authority's Browns Ferry 1 andSouthern Co.'s JosephM Farley 1, both in Alabama, as well as NextEra Energy Inc.'s Duane Arnold Energy Center in Iowa.
Power production levels andimpending outage dates are current at the time of publication and are subjectto change. Fordetails of U.S. nuclear power plant operations, visit our Nuclear Status and OutputPage.