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Nuclear update: Output slips below 80% as 3 units shut for refueling

Total U.S. nuclear plant availability slipped below 80% early April 3 to 79.07%, from 81.88% on March 31 and below the 87.27% reported on the same day in 2016.

Working to tug total production lower across the country was the loss of three units for planned seasonal outages: Dominion Resources Inc.'s Millstone 2 in Connecticut, NextEra Energy Inc.'s Seabrook 1 in New Hampshire and Vistra Energy Corp.'s Comanche Peak 2 in Texas.

Also, Energy Northwest's Columbia Generating Station in Washington was operating at a reduced level of 65% as of early April 3, down from 93% on March 31.

On the flip side, production at Tennessee Valley Authority's Browns Ferry 2 in Alabama increased to 93% early April 3, up from 12% on March 31.

For details of U.S. nuclear power plant operations, visit our Nuclear Status and Output Page.