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Capacity factor – it's a measure of reliability

One way the energy industry measures the reliability of power plants is by regularly calculating capacity factors. Capacity factor measures how often a plant is running at maximum power. It’s expressed as a percentage and calculated by dividing the actual unit of electricity output by the maximum possible output. This ratio is important because it indicates how fully a generating unit is used.
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Think Green this St. Patrick's Day!

What do nuclear energy and St. Patrick’s Day have in common? They both celebrate green! On St. Patrick’s Day, it’s hard not to be in a green state of mind. This year, when you reach for that green shirt, embrace your inner Irish and think “green” by...
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Solving the wonderful mystery of a nuclear startup

One of the many questions we receive from community members is about the startup process of a nuclear reaction in our plants. For those of us who aren’t nuclear operators or engineers, it can seem like a mysterious process. To help shed some light on this mystery, here’s a highly simplified explanation for how it works.
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