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Nuclear update: Point Beach, Brunswick cutbacks send total output lower

Total U.S. nuclear plant availability stumbled again earlyMay 5 to 81.19%, dropping from 81.61% on May 4 and still well below the 84.44% notedon the same day a year ago. This also marks the lowest daily capacity factor forthe combined U.S. nuclear fleet yet this spring.

Working to depress total output were curtailments at tworeactors. Duke Energy Corp.'sBrunswick 1 in NorthCarolina was pegged at 36% early May 5, falling from full power May 4 while 's 2 in Wisconsin wasoperating at 69% early May 5, also down from 100% the day prior.

Offsetting the decrease was increased production at 's 1 in Pennsylvania, whichwas at a 68% level early May 5, rising from 37% on May 4.

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.