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Nuclear update: Plant availability bests year-ago level at 85.61%

Total U.S. nuclear plant availability took anotherstep forward early March 31 at 85.61%, up from 85.03% on March 30 and alsoabove the 85.21% level recorded on the same day in 2015.

Pushing total availability higher was the return ofEnergy Northwest'sColumbia Generating Station in Washington. The unit was warming up at 15% earlyMarch 31 after being taken offline on March 28 following the loss of reactorclosed cooling.

EntergyCorp.'s Grand Gulf 1 in Mississippi also was restarted. The plantwas pegged at 4% early March 31 after being scrammed shut March 29 due to aturbine trip.

Three other plants across the country also sawincreased production. Entergy's Pilgrim 1 in Massachusetts returned to fullpower early March 31, up from 47% on March 30. 's BrownsFerry 3 in Alabama was eyed at 84% early March 31, climbing from 60% the dayprior. Southern Co.'sVogtle 2 in Georgia was operating at 93% early March 31, rising from 80% onMarch 30.

Conversely, DukeEnergy Corp.'s Brunswick 1 in North Carolina saw output curtailedto 50% early March 31, down from 95% on March 30.

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