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Nuclear update: Total availability rises as 3 reactors fully return

Total U.S. nuclear plant availability moved higher early April 7 to 80.61%, up from 80.03% on April 6, but was still below the 87.71% reported on the same day in 2016.

Lifting total production was a full return of three reactors across the country. Exelon Corp.'s recently restarted Nine Mile Point 1 was at 100% power early April 7, up from 35% on April 6, Tennessee Valley Authority's Browns Ferry 1 in Alabama was operating at full power early April 7 after being curtailed to 85% the day prior and Southern Co.'s Vogtle 1 in Georgia saw output increase to 100% early April 7, rising from 81% on April 6.

Offsetting the increases was a cutback at two reactors. TVA's Browns Ferry 3 in Alabama saw production drop from 100% on April 6 to 90% early April 7, and FirstEnergy Corp.'s Perry 1 in Ohio was pegged at 80% early April 7, down from full power on April 6.

Looking ahead, private sources indicate that two reactors may go offline in the following days for refueling outages which includes units at Pinnacle West Capital Corp.'s Palo Verde in Arizona and Entergy Corp.'s Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Massachusetts.

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For details of U.S. nuclear power plant operations, visit our Nuclear Availability and Status and Outage pages.