VY has 3rd highest capacity of 13 Entergy reactors

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BRATTLEBORO -- Of the 13 nuclear power reactors owned by Entergy, Vermont Yankee had the third highest capacity factor -- 92.17 percent-- for the years spanning 2007 through 2009, according to a report from the American Nuclear Society.

Of the 104 commercial reactors in the United States, Yankee ranked 35th overall for the three-year period.

Entergy's FitzPatrick, at 97.89 percent, and Indian Point 2, at 94.95 percent, came in at fourth and 16th, respectively.

River Bend, in Louisiana, had Entergy's lowest net capacity factor of 84.22 percent, 90th out of the nation's 104 reactors.

Overall, Entergy's fleet operated at an average net capacity factor of 90.4 percent.

"It's our obligation to provide safe, reliable, affordable energy every day of the year," said Alex J. Schott, national and corporate media relations for Entergy. "This can only be done through a commitment to performance excellence that cannot be compromised."

Mike Colomb, Yankee's site vice president, credited the plant's staff for achieving the high capacity factor.

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"The 650 men and women at Vermont Yankee are dedicated to the safe and reliable operation of the plant and proudly produce one-third of the state's electricity," he said.

The top five reactors in the nation were Calvert Cliff at 100.49 percent, South Texas 1 at 99.37 percent, South Texas 2 at 98.51 percent, FitzPatrick at 97.89 percent and Surry 2 at 97 percent, according to the report from ANS.

In 2009, the nation's entire nuclear power plant fleet operated on average with a net capacity factor of 90.5 percent, according to the Nuclear Energy Institute.

That's the best of any of the nation's energy sources, according to NEI.

Over the same three-year period steam turbine coal plants had a capacity factor of 70.8 percent while combined cycle natural gas plants were at 41.7 percent and wind was at 31.1 percent, stated the NEI.

According to SourceWatch, ANS is not-for-profit, international, scientific and educational organization with 10,500 members representing more than 1,600 corporations, educational institutions and government agencies.

According to its Web site, the NEI is "the policy organization of the nuclear energy and technologies industry and participates in both the national and global policy-making process. NEI's objective is to ensure the formation of policies that promote the beneficial uses of nuclear energies and technologies in the United States and around the world."

Bob Audette can be reached at raudette@reformer.com, or at 802-254-2311, ext. 273.


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