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Nuclear update: Returning generation pushes US output above 95%

Total U.S. nuclear plant availability moved above the 95%level early July 14 to 95.29%, climbing from 94.71% on July 13 but still lower thanthe 96.49% reported on the same day a year ago.

Helping to push total availability higher was the fullreturn of Duke Energy Corp.'sBrunswick 2 in North Carolina. The unit bounced back to 100% power early July 14,after being pegged at 76% on July 13. In addition, output at American Electric Power Co. Inc.'s Donald C. Cook 2 plantin Michigan increased to 90% early July 14, up from 47% the day prior.

On the flipside, TennesseeValley Authority's Watts Bar 2 in Tennessee saw production decreaseto 30% early July 14, down from 46% on July 13.

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.