U.S. gets boost in nuclear power as reactor comes back online

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Nuclear power production in the United States rose to its highest level in more than three months. Bloomberg reported that after the Tennessee Valley Authority reconnected a reactor at an Alabama plant, the U.S. reached 91,705 megawatts of nuclear power - the highest seen since September 14.

The reactor had been shut off since December 22 due to a power interruption to protection systems within the reactor, the article stated. When the reactor located in Alabama came back online, it added 664 MW to the country's nuclear output levels.

“Reactor protection systems control a number of systems throughout the unit, and all systems affected by the loss of power responded as designed,” the Tennessee Valley Authority told Bloomberg. “The NRC resident inspector was notified and an investigation is underway to determine the cause of the power loss.”

Agence France-Presse reported engineers are worried about some of the safety of the nation's nuclear reactors. According to the article, a former engineer at the Indian Point nuclear facility in New York told lawmakers they need to take action to improve the facilities in order to avoid a nuclear disaster.

More information on electricity usage in the U.S. can be found at PennEnergy's research area.

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