It’s a frequent question from anyone hearing about the 8 million homes that Duke Energy’s nuclear fleet powers. The answer is less straightforward than people may expect if they are not familiar with the electrical grid.
In the electric utility industry, “outage” can be an unwelcome word. However, for nuclear plants, scheduled refueling outages mean greater efficiency and reliability.
As the temperature climbs outside, so does America’s dependence on nuclear energy. Summer heat brings with it an increase in electricity consumption, as air conditions, fans, and other energy-needy appliances kick into overdrive.