A couple of weeks back, our President and CEO, Skip Bowman, sat down for a Q&A with ZDNet:
Q. Has the performance of nuclear plants improved? In the past, uptime and other factors were problems?There's plenty more, be sure to check it all out right now.
Bowman: Beginning about 15 years ago there was a major, major upswing in key performance indicators of safety and capacity factors. Capacity has to do with the total amount of electricity generated divided by the total amount of electricity that could be generated if the plant were online 24/7. That number went from like 75 percent 15 years ago to 90 percent today.
Also, we're very proud of the safety record, but at the same time we realize that we have to keep our eye on the ball and that complacency is a bad thing. As soon as we start being proud of ourselves, danger lurks around the next corner.