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[cdn-nucl-l] US Raising Nuclear Power Output By 994 MW In 2002 -EIA
Posted on Quicken.com US Economy News on July 8, 2002 and at:
US Raising Nuclear Power Output By 994 MW In 2002 -EIA
Monday, July 8, 2002 04:55 PM ET
NEW YORK -(Dow Jones)- U.S. nuclear power plants will generate a
projected 994 additional megawatts of power in 2002, a 2.2% increase
nationwide over last year, the Department of Energy's Energy Information
Agency said in a report on Monday.
The boost in power comes from so-called power "uprates" authorized by
the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the agency that oversees the
nation's 103 operating nuclear power reactors.
According to the EIA, uprates increased capacity by 295 megawatts in
2001 and will add 644 megawatts in 2003, in addition to the 994
megawatts this year.
The dramatic uptick projected for this year was attributed to a surge in
applications to the NRC for uprates and to larger uprates.
Uprates can range from 1% to 20% and can take from 12 to 36 months to
implement, the EIA said.
The NRC authorized 22 uprates at reactors in 2001. An equal number is
expected through 2003. -By Jennifer Morrow, Dow Jones Newswires;
201-938-4377; jennifer.morrow@ dowjones.com (This story was originally
published by Dow Jones Newswires) Copyright (c) 2002 Dow Jones &
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