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MINERAL, VA - AUGUST 24: The North Anna Power Station operated by Dominion Energy remains offline after losing offsite power in the wake of yesterday's 5.8 earthquake August 24, 2011 near Mineral, Virginia. The epicenter of the quake, the East Coast's largest since 1944, was located a few miles outside of Mineral, a town of 430 people located about 50 miles west of Richmond and about 7 miles from the North Anna plant. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Nuclear Plant Outages Surge

Summer maintenance, refueling, hit U.S. nuclear fleet

Nuclear power plant outages in the United States jumped more than 50 percent this summer, compared to a year ago, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

The outages averaged 5.3 gigawatts this June through August for U.S. nuclear units, which represents about one-fifth of generation capacity in this country.



Outages stem from unplanned shutdowns, refueling and maintenances.

“In May, two nuclear units, Indian Point 2 in lower New York and Salem 1 in southern New Jersey, entered outages that lasted for 100 and 101 days, respectively, to replace damaged reactor core battle bolts,” according to EIA.


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