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Nuclear update: Davis-Besse exits outage as others prepare to shut

Total U.S. nuclear plant availability ticked higher to 85.47% by early March 28, up from 85.02% on March 27 and above the 83.35% reported on the same day in 2017.

Supporting total output was the return of FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse plant in Ohio, which reconnected to the grid and was running at 62% power, up from 6% the day after being shut March 3 for planned seasonal work.

Private sources indicated that two units may be shut in the following days for refueling outages, including Riverstone Holdings LLC's Susquehanna 1 in Pennsylvania, which was operating at 78% early March 28, and Wolf Creek in Kansas, which remains at full power. The Wolf Creek power plant is owned by Westar Energy Inc., Great Plains Energy Inc. and Kansas Electric Power Cooperative Inc.

Fourteen nuclear units were reported offline as of early March 28.

For details of U.S. nuclear power plant operations, visit our Nuclear Status and Output Page.