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Nuclear update: Total output bests year-ago level at 89.73%

Total U.S. nuclear plant availability took a smallstep forward early Sept. 22 to 89.73%, up from 89.66% on Sept. 21 and alsoabove the 88.23% level reported on the same day a year ago.

Providing total U.S. production with a boost wasincreased output at EntergyCorp.'s FitzPatrick plant in New York. The unit was operating at88% early Sept. 22, rising from 54% on Sept. 21.

Conversely, NextEra Energy Inc.'s Duane Arnold Energy Center in Iowasaw production curtailed to 76% early Sept. 22, down from 92% on Sept. 21.

Looking ahead, private sources note that unit 1 ofEntergy's Arkansas Nuclear One in Arkansas may be idled in the next few daysfor planned seasonal work. As of early Sept. 22, the unit was at 84%.

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.