Here's a summary of U.S. nuclear plant performances last month:
For July 2007, the average net capacity factor reached 97.4 percent. This figure is 0.5 percentage points higher than the same one-month period in 2006. Monthly nuclear generation was 72.6 billion kilowatt-hours for July 2007, compared to 72.2 bkWh for the same one-month period in 2006.For the report click here (pdf). It is also located on NEI's Financial Center webpage.
For 2007, year-to-date nuclear generation was 468.3 billion kilowatt-hours, compared to 459.2 bkWh in 2006 (2.0 percent increase) and 461.4 bkWh in the record year of 2004.
With the exception of April 2006, nuclear generation in every month of 2007 has surpassed that of the same one-month periods for 2005 and 2006.
The Energy Information Administration recently analyzed the impacts of proposed climate change legislation by Senators Lieberman and McCain. The results forecast that nuclear plant capacity in the U.S. would grow from 100 GW to 246 GW by 2030. The proposed legislation would establish a series of caps on greenhouse gas emissions starting in 2012 followed by increasingly stringent caps beginning in 2020, 2030 and 2050.