Columbia Nuclear Plant Sets Monthly Generation Record

 Columbia Nuclear Plant Sets Monthly Generation Record

A nuclear power plant in Washington set a new monthly generation record.
Energy Northwest said the Columbia Generating Station sent 860,813 net megawatt-hours of electricity to the Northwest power grid, surpassing the previous record of 859,619 net megawatt-hours set in December.
The plant operated at a 104.5 percent capacity factor in January. Capacity factor is a ratio based on the maximum amount of electricity the plant could send to the grid at the most restrictive time of the year, which for thermal power plants in during summer.
Columbia’s output increased at least 28 average megawatts following a refueling and maintenance outage, which was completed in June. The plant now generates 1,190 MW. The plant began operations in 1984. All of the output is sold to Bonneville Power Administration.
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