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US Nuclear Outage Season: Spring 2014

US Nuclear Outage Season: Spring 2014

Report summary

Expectations for the spring 2014 season relative to last year ultimately hinge on the level of forced outages, as these played a pivotal role in available capacity in 2013. Around 39 GW of capacity is expected to refuel this spring compared to around 30-31 GW that refueled during the prior two spring outage seasons. However, last year's nuclear fleet operated at lower output than predicted by scheduled refueling as extended forced outages persisted at a number of plants.

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  • Executive Summary
  • It’s all about the patterns
    • Utilities look to maximize operating times by extending time between outages
    • Clinton Power Station adapts to adverse market conditions
    • Exact timing of refueling can drift due to forced outages
  • The maintenance decision

In this report there are 7 tables or charts, including:

  • Executive Summary
    • Figure 1: US nuclear historic daily operating capacity (15-day average)
  • It’s all about the patterns
    • Figure 2: Historical and forecast US nuclear capacity undergoing refueling by season
    • Figure 3: Fermi forced outages result in a forward-looking shift of refueling
  • The maintenance decision
    • Henry Hub cash price vs. outages
    • Henry Hub 3-month strip forward curve vs. outages
    • Figure 5: Fukushima-related outages have skewed recent outage seasons
    • Appendix: List of units scheduled to refuel during spring 2014
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