Wednesday, May 31, 2006

NEI Nuclear Performance Report (April 2006)

Here's a summary of U.S. nuclear plant performances last month:

For April 2006, NEI estimates the average net capacity factor reached 80.6%. This figure is 5.1 percentage points higher than the same one month period in 2005. NEI estimates monthly nuclear generation at 56.9 billion kilowatthours for April 2006 compared to 55.1 BkWh for the same one month period in 2005.

For 2006, NEI estimates year to date nuclear generation at 255.1 billion kilowatt-hours compared to 247.5 BkWh in 2005 (3.1 percent increase).

For the report click here (pdf). It is also located on NEI's Nuclear Statistics webpage.

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Don Kosloff said...

NEI should routinely include the carbon dioxide releases avoided, along with the pollutant releases avoided; such as mercury, barium, radioactive material (uranium), and small (and deadly) particulates. Without that information, the monthly report is meaningless to the general public. Using the European Union (bearing in mind that all Europeans are wise saints) formula (30,000 deaths per year for fossil fuel burning in Europe), the pollutants could be converted into actual lives saved each month. That information is important to nuclear plant operators and other staff. They need to know how many lives they are actually saving each month that they operate and maintain their plants.

Everyone who works at a nuclear power plant is a life saver as well as a national security enhancer and future generation protector.

Eric McErlain said...

I passed your suggestion along to the folks who compile the data, and they thought it was a good idea. I'll have more later.