Saturday, January 18, 2014

Nuclear Reactor Electricity Ouput

The US nuclear power reactor fleet has been operating at a high capacity factor this winter, displacing alternative fossil fuel generation sources.  For the most recent EIA week ended Thursday Jan 17, the fleet operated at a level that would theoretically displace about 1.4 BCF of gas-fired generation, if gas were used exclusively.

The refueling cycle for about 30 reactors will soon begin, and output should begin falling in February, similar to last year.  Here are the generation and YOY comparison stats through yesterday, 1/17/14: