Here's a summary of U.S. nuclear plant performances last month:
For February 2008, the average net capacity factor was 93.2 percent. This figure is 3.5 percentage points lower than February 2007. Monthly nuclear generation was 65.1 billion kilowatt-hours in February 2008, slightly lower than the 65.2 bkWh in February 2007.For the report click here. It is also located on NEI's Financial Center webpage.
For 2008, year-to-date nuclear generation was 135.4 billion kilowatt-hours, compared to 139.2 bkWh in 2007 (2.8 percent decrease).
Twenty reactors have either finished or are undergoing refueling outages for 2008. Seventeen reactors had either finished or were in refueling outages at the same time last year.
Early U.S. generation data from EIA indicates the nuclear industry generated 806.5 bkWh in 2007 providing 19.4 percent of the country’s electricity. For 2007, coal’s electric generation fuel share was 48.6%, natural gas was 21.5%, hydro was 6.0%, renewables and other were 3.0%, and petroleum was 1.6%.