Duke Energy has operated nuclear power plants
since the early 1970s. And the company’s fleet keeps
setting new records.
In 2016, Duke Energy’s 11 generating stations – at six sites in the Carolinas – set a new overall
capacity factor of 95.72 percent. That marks the
18th consecutive year of attaining a 90-plus percent
capacity factor. The plants produced 90 billion
kilowatt-hours (kWh) of carbon-free electricity.
Here are some of the highlights:
The two-unit Brunswick Nuclear Plant generated
a record of more than 15 billion kWh over the
12-month period. Brunswick also completed its
shortest refueling outage ever.
Catawba Nuclear Station Unit 1 set a 12-month
record, cranking out more than 10 billion kWh of
electricity, and Catawba Unit 2 had its longest
continuous operating run.
McGuire Nuclear Station’s two units established a
station-best 12-month generation record of nearly
20 billion kWh.
Oconee Nuclear Station Unit 2 provided a record
of more than 7 billion kWh of electricity over the
last 12 months, and units 1 and 3 completed their
shortest refueling outages ever. Over the years,
the efficiencies gained in planning and implementing
shorter refueling outages have increased the fleet’s availability to produce electricity.
Harris and Robinson nuclear plants each achieved
record six-month generation during 2016 – producing more power over that time period
than ever before.
As for constructing nuclear plants, the company
received licenses from the Nuclear Regulatory
Commission for new reactors in South Carolina and
Florida. No decisions have been made on proceeding
with these projects.
In 2016, Duke Energy’s 11 nuclear generating stations – at six sites
in the Carolinas – set a new overall capacity factor of 95.72 percent.