Total U.S. nuclear plant availability topped the 90% level early May 15 at 90.83%, up from 89.76% on May 14 and also much higher than the 79.45% reported on the same day last year.
Providing a boost to total production was increased output at several reactors across the country.
Exelon Corp.'s James A. FitzPatrick plant in New York was at 50% power early May 15, up from 40% on May 14. Public Service Enterprise Group Inc.'s Hope Creek 1 in New Jersey was pegged at 93% early May 15, climbing from 66% on May 14. Nine Mile Point 2 in New York, which is owned by Exelon Corp., EDF Group and Long Island Power Authority, saw output increase from 4% on May 14 to 17% early May 15.
In addition, Tennessee Valley Authority's Browns Ferry 2 in Alabama was operating at full power early May 15, rising from 60% on May 14. Southern Co.'s Farley 1 in Alabama saw production rise from 2% on May 14 to 47% early May 15.
On the other hand, Entergy Corp.'s Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Massachusetts saw output curtailed from 100% on May 14 to 50% early May 15.
As of early May 15, a total of six nuclear units remain offline.