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U.S. Nuclear Output Rises as Browns Ferry Unit Starts in Alabama

Jan. 7 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. nuclear-power production rose 0.6 percent as the Tennessee Valley Authority started a reactor in Alabama, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission reported.

Production from U.S. reactors increased by 586 megawatts from yesterday to 97,528 megawatts, or 96 percent of capacity, according to the report today from the NRC and data compiled by Bloomberg. Three of 104 power units were offline.

The Tennessee Valley Authority switched on its 1,115-megawatt Browns Ferry 3 reactor and was operating the unit at 43 percent of capacity, according to the NRC.

Two other reactors at the site, the 1,065-megawatt Browns Ferry 1 and the 1,104-megawatt Browns Ferry 2, were operating at full power.

The plant is located 84 miles (135 kilometers) north of Birmingham on Wheeler Lake, near the Tennessee border.

Exelon Corp. boosted its 867-megawatt Dresden 3 reactor in Illinois to full power from 89 percent of capacity yesterday.

Another reactor at the site, the 867-megawatt Unit 2, was operating at full capacity. The plant is located 48 miles southwest of Chicago, where Exelon is based.

To contact the reporter on this story: Colin McClelland in Toronto at cmcclelland1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dan Stets at dstets@bloomberg.net

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