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Nuclear update: Total supply slips after Indian Point 2 scrams shut

Total U.S. nuclear plant availability fell again earlyJuly 7 to 92.73%, down from 93.36% on July 6 and still much lower than the 98.50%reported on the same day in 2015.

Pulling down total production was the unexpected loss ofEntergy Corp.'s unit in New York.The reactor automatically tripped July 6 "during the performance of reactorprotection testing," according to a filing with the U.S. Nuclear RegulatoryCommission. The cause of the trip is under investigation. Prior to being taken offline,the plant was at 100% power.

In addition, ExelonCorp.'s Quad Cities2 in Illinois dropped to 87% power early July 7, down from full output the day prior.

Working to offset the outage and the curtailment was thereturn of Entergy's James A. FitzPatrickplant in New York, which was seen operating at the 20% power level early July 7after being shut June 24.

Also, the WolfCreek 1 nuclear unit in Kansas, which is primarily owned by and , bounced backto 100% power early July 7 after being cut back to 68% on July 6.

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