High number of nuclear outages persists into 2013

The unusually high number of nuclear outages in 2012 continued into the new year, making outage levels in 2013 higher than those seen in the previous five years.

The exceptionally high number of outages in 2012 was due primarily to extended forced and planned outages at four nuclear plants: San Onofre 1 & 2, Fort Calhoun, Crystal River 3 and Turkey Point 4. All four of these outages, which together comprised more than four GW of capacity, extended into 2013.

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