Uprates give big boost to nuclear capacity, EIA says

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Modifying old nuclear plants to increase generating capacity has the potential to substantially increase the amount of power produced by the US nuclear fleet, which is currently providing about 20 percent of the country’s electricity, according to a report from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).

Since 1977, the NRC has approved 144 uprates worth more than 6,500 MW, adding up to roughly the equivalent of building six all new nuclear power plants. All but six of the 104 reactors in the US have applied for an uprate, the EIA says.

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