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Nuclear update: Total output climbs to 87.39% as more generation returns

Total U.S. nuclear plant availability rose early April1 to 87.39%, up from 85.61% on March 31 and well above 85.13% level reported onthe same day a year ago.

Increased production at a handful of nuclear units acrossthe country helped push total availability higher.

TennesseeValley Authority's Browns Ferry 3 in Alabama returned to full powerearly April 1. The unit was eyed at 84% on March 31.

XcelEnergy Inc.'s Prairie Island 1 in Minnesota also rose back to fulloutput early April 1, up from 40% the day prior.

EnergyNorthwest's Columbia Generating Station in Washington saw productionincrease to 71% early April 1, rising from 15% on March 31.

EntergyCorp.'s Grand Gulf 1 in Mississippi ramped up to 52% early April 1.The reactor was pegged at 4% the previous day after being unexpectedly shut March29 due to a turbine trip.

Power production levels and impending outage dates arecurrent at the time of publication and are subject to change. For details ofU.S. nuclear power plant operations, visit our NuclearStatus and Outage Report.