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U.S. nuclear output falls as Arkansas Nuclear 2 shuts

By Bloomberg News

This article was published September 14, 2012 at 10:13 a.m.

— U.S. nuclear-power production dropped to the lowest level in almost two weeks after Entergy Corp. shut the 995-megawatt Arkansas Nuclear 2 reactor.

Total generation slid 1.1 percent from Thursday to 91,749 megawatts, or 90 percent of capacity, according to filings with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and data compiled by Bloomberg. Output was 2.3 percent lower than a year earlier and nine of 104 reactors were shut.

Arkansas Nuclear 2, about 65 miles northwest of Little Rock, halted early Friday after operating at 92 percent of capacity Thursday. The unit reduced from full power Sept. 5, commission filings showed.

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TheBatt says... September 14, 2012 at 12:51 p.m.

With all the screaming for "alternative" energy - Nuclear represents the most efficient of all. Wind power has proven to be a bust (if not for tax subsidies they wouldn't even exist in any significant way), Coal is under direct attack from this administration (even so-called "clean coal" technology), Natural Gas isn't as efficient - and there is opposition to that from the environmentalists due to both the fraking process, as well as pipeline construction to transport said gas to the power plants. And hydro power has drawn serious condemnation from environmentalists for the unnatural changes and supposed "damage" done by said dams and hydro plants.

So what's going on with Nuclear 2?

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Wahoo75 says... September 14, 2012 at 1:29 p.m.

Unit 2 is shut down for a routine scheduled refueling and maintenance outage. It's done once every 18 months. The reason the plant was at reduced power (92%) when it shutdown was because its supply of nuclear fuel had depleted to the point that full power operation could no longer be sustained. Kind of like running out of gas in your car, only not as sudden.

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mhck52 says... September 14, 2012 at 9:58 p.m.

Has the Dem-Gaz editorial staff lost the ability to edit news articles? The main point to this story should be "Why" Nuclear-2 is being shut down and for how long. How that affects the national nuclear output is certainly an interesting side-line, but it's not "the" story.

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BigDad says... September 14, 2012 at 11:11 p.m.

Japan Cabinet panel urges end to nuke power

By The Associated Press

This article was published today at 7:02 a.m.

TOKYO — A Japanese Cabinet panel called Friday for phasing out of nuclear power over the next three decades as part of an overhaul of the country’s energy policy after the Fukushima meltdowns.

The proposed new energy policy is a major shift from Japan’s decades-long advocacy of nuclear power. It calls for greater reliance on renewable energy, more conservation and sustainable use of fossil fuels.

The new policy requires the approval of the entire Cabinet. Japanese news reports say the Cabinet has already agreed to the changes.

Japan began reviewing its energy policy following last year’s disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which was set off by an earthquake and tsunami. Before the accident, resource-poor Japan relied on nuclear power for one-third of its energy and had planned to raise that to 50 percent by 2030.

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