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.
On March 7, 2021, Robinson Nuclear Plant celebrated 50 years of commercial operations, or more simply, 50 years of providing electricity to customers in the Carolinas. In 1971, the plant was the largest nuclear power plant constructed in the world and...
Seeing the dawn of what was dubbed the atomic age, in the early 1960s, four southern utilities joined together to build a prototype nuclear power plant to test the feasibility of nuclear power as a commercial power source.
While nuclear power plants produce low-carbon energy around the clock, every 18 to 24 months the plants shut down for roughly a month for maintenance, inspections and refueling.
Electricity enables us to do many things but because it is “invisible,” many don’t understand how it is generated, what it costs and how it is delivered to our homes. Throw in terms like “regulated” and “deregulated” and it can be even more confusing.